Warrior Pose is one of the asanas most people learn first. It’s one of my favourites, largely because you get so STRONG doing lunges like this. All of us need to learn to stand properly on our feet, and distribute our weight through our legs and pelvis effectively, before we start doing fancy things like arm balances. Even Down Dog is an arm balance of sorts.
Warrior can be adjusted so pretty much anyone can do it.
A wider, shorter stance makes it easier to balance and to keep from twisting your pelvis & injuring your SI Joints. It’s great for beginners and for many women (we have broader pelvises than men asa rule, and if we place our feet in line with our hip bones we get ‘cleaner’ alignment).
While a longer, narrower stance, the classic heel-arch alignment, requires more open hips, more strength, and might never be suitable for some people (like me, with my broad pelvis & unstable sacroiliac joints.)
As you practice your Warrior Pose, ask yourself:
- Do I feel like my hips are twisting or my knees are doing strange things?
- What happens if I move my feet, wider, narrower, longer step, shorter step?
- Is there a foot position where I feel like I can really bear even weight between my front leg and my back leg?
- What is happening in my pelvis? Is it tilting forward? If it is, does the tilt decrease if I shorten my stance?
Happy exploring – I’d love to hear your thoughts on this most fundamental of yoga poses!