Tag Archives: Warrior 1

Spokane Men’s Yoga Gathering 2019-10-27

Morning routine

Constant Bear

Mountain
Mountain extended

Calves

Squats

Discuss goals

Toes up throughout

Mountain
Forward Fold – explore
Mountain

Mountain
Mountain Split
Pyramid – explore
Mountain

Mountain Wide – explore
Forward Fold Wide – explore
Mountain Wide – explore
Triangle
Mountain Wide
Forward Fold Wide – explore
Mountain Wide – explore

Mountain
Quad Extend – explore
Mountain
Quad Extend
Warrior 1
Mountain
Warrior 1
Mountain

Mountain
Tree
Mountain

Mountain
Forward Fold
Mountain

Floor?

Spokane Men’s Yoga Gathering 2019-10-13

Hip Chain

Constant Bear

toes up, bent rise throughout

Start building the parts:

Mountain, Forward Fold, Mountain
Tree
Mountain, Forward Fold, Mountain

Mountain and Tree engage our butts and hams. Forward Fold extends our butts and hams.

Mountain
Quad Extend
Mountain

Kneeling Reclined
Kneeling Reclined One-side
Kneeling Reclined

Bound Angle
Tree Reclined
Bound Angle

Mountain
Quad Extend
Warrior 1
Mountain

Chain

Mountain
Forward Fold
Mountain Split
Pyramid
Mountain Split
Warrior 1
Tree
Mountain, Forward Fold, Mountain

Constant Bear

Spokane Men’s Yoga Gathering — 1 & 2

1 & 2

  • Squat
  • Torso lift
  • Neck opening
  • Limbering
  • Feet range and roll
  • Ginger Rogers will save your life
  • One leg bop
  • Warm up vinyasa
  • Half forward fold (ardha uttanasana
  • Warrior 1 (Virabhadrasana 1)
  • Warrior 1 – bent leg
  • Warrior 1 – raised heel
  • Warrior 1 
  • Wide leg forward fold (prasarita padottanasana)
  • Sway
  • Warrior 2 (Virabhadrasana 2
  • Feet
  • Reclined lightning (supta vajrasana)
  • Bound angle (baddha konasana
  • Warrior 1 
  • Warrior 2 
  • Reclined mountain (supta tadasana)
  • Reclined bound angle (supta baddha konasana)
    • variation
  • Constructive rest variation (Alexander Technique)
    • slow contract and slow release adductors
    • pelvic tilt and ham release
    • pelvic tilt and iliacus release
  • Reclined mountain
  • Corpse (savasana)
  • Silence

Warrior 1

Just injured myself while attempting the death defying bread knife mudra — clumsy while irritated.

The writing on the internet about yoga — I should not read before handling sharp objects. The yoga industrial complex reliably annoys me.

But I wanted my toast warm — in which I failed.

Warrior 2 opens the pelvis and pulls the adductors. Warrior 1 is not a variation on 2.

If we understand that Warrior 1 extends the hip flexors, even if we watch plastic man do it, we can align it for us mortals.

Iyengar, Krishnamacharya’s student, like yogis before and since, worked as a performer as well as a teacher. He had supple hip flexors. He could extend his legs back considerably. So he could do Warrior 1 with his front knee at a right angle, his back leg well back, and still rotate his pelvis to face forward, lengthening his already extremely supple hip flexors.

We cannot. We are not plastic man.

Some (on the internet) advise turning the pelvis out in Warrior 1, opening the pelvis away from front, to align the back knee with the back foot. But doing that reduces the pull on the hip flexors and turns Warrior 1 into a variation on Warrior 2.

Instead bend the front knee less and turn the back foot to align the back knee with the hip. This keeps the pose well grounded and preserves the pull on the hip flexors. Lifting the back heel can also help a tight calf.

Iyengar makes challenging source material. Everytime we look at him or follow someone that takes from him uncritically, we must work to understand the purpose of the pose rather than try to copy the look of the pose.