How to find your inner warrior
H&M Sport ambassador and yoga pro Patrick Beach helps you perfect your Warrior pose.
POSE: Warrior 2
WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR? It wakes up the entire body and creates focus. ”Always remember to challenge the body and find lightness in the breath.”
Put your right foot forward in a lunge. Wiggle your left foot back a touch and drop that heel to the floor. Feel the inner left leg create energy that transfers into the front leg. Press firmly with the right heel into the floor while keeping the knee sitting on the top of the ankle. Feel the energy being transferred back into the left back leg, creating balance in your foundation.
Slightly open the hips to the left side, keeping them in a neutral rotation but active position. Both hands extend powerfully from the shoulders in opposite directions creating a "T" shape in the upper body. The energy moving from finger to finger in each hand allows you to find focus as you gaze over your right hand. Your core is awake as you pull the belly button into the spine, and calmly breathe through your nose. Hold here for 5 breaths.
Straighten your front leg as you pivot those toes to face left. Pivot the left toes to face the back of your practice space as you bend your left knee deeply. The muscles of the leg engage as your left knee finds a place to hold above your left ankle. Make sure your knee and toes are pointing in the exact same direction. Continue to reach your arms out, finding a powerful extension through the fingers. The entire body is working hard but the gaze and breathing are light and calm. As you take five breaths, focus on staying present. When you finish the five breaths, straighten the left leg and square the entire body to the left for five breaths of rest, then repeat two more times.