Latest posts by Erica (see all)
- 4 Yoga Poses To Stretch Your Hip Flexors - November 28, 2016
- Essential Yoga Poses for Beginners-Lesson Plans Beginner Level - September 24, 2016
- Lesson Plans: Body Appreciation - February 9, 2016
by Kara-Leah Grant
Welcome to the third Creative Sun Salutation Abundance flow here on The Yoga Lunchbox.
This week we move into the heart of our abundance sun salutation, moving through variations of Warrior I pose.
Most of you will be familiar with Warrior I, yet no matter how many times you may have done it, there’s always something to learn.
Taking time and playing within each pose, separating out the components of it, is a masterful way to learn the posture from the inside out.
When you practice in this way, you don’t need to know anatomy. All you need do is train your awareness on your experience.
What happens in my hips when I move my foot this way? If I move this hip forward, what happens in my thoracic spine? If I do this with my pelvis, how does it affect my legs?
This is the heart of our yoga practice – tuning into our breath, bringing consciousness to our actions, and exploring while collecting data and collating results. Over time, this is how I’ve found ease in Warrior I, which has long been my nemesis, especially on the right side. It’s a difficult posture for the hips and spine to release into.
I’ve learned to find more ease by taking my time and sometimes spending ten minutes or more playing in aspects of Warrior I, adding movement as a way of freeing up holding tension in the posture.
What I didn’t know was that this intuitive movement which arose out of my breath and deep state of presence was exactly what my body needed on an anatomical level to release the iliopsoas muscle group, which I suspect was one of …read more