MERMAID YOGA: REVERSE WARRIOR (Viparita Virabhadrasana)
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REVERSE WARRIOR (Viparita Virabhadrasana)
HOW TO GET INTO THE POSE:
From Warrior II (see last weeks post) flip your front hand so that your palm faces up. Keep your lower body as it is (maintain the bend in your front knee), slide your back hand down your back leg as your top arm reaches up and over head reaching your heart towards the sky and lengthening through the side of your waist (you should feel a big stretch in the same side as your lifted arm).
The breath is usually an inhale to reverse/come into the pose.
There is a tendency for two things (we don’t want) to happen: firstly, many loose the bend in their front knee and start to their leg. To correct this keep bending into the front knee and drawing the right hip under to maintain opening through your hips.
Find equal grounding down through both the front and back foot as you bend your front knee so that the weight is equally distributed. Secondly many tend to let their bellies flare out and find a folding in the low back. To correct this make sure that you keep your core, particularly your lower belly, engaged and drawing in.
Before you reverse focus on your spine and side body lengthening whilst drawing your core in. Keep the back of your neck long while lift your gaze toward the sky, staying here for a few breaths or up to 30 seconds before returning to Warrior II.
Reverse Warrior is usually done as part of a flowing sequence. Like Warrior II it strengthens while stretching the legs- building lower body strength. It also stretches the side body and opens through the chest and shoulders.
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