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Be a Warrior Not a Worrier

Be a Warrior Not a Worrier
January 3, 2018 No comments

“Your thoughts determine your actions. Your actions create your habits. Your habits form your character. Your character determines your destiny.”

-Brad Willis

Tight deadlines. Traffic. Big family dinners. Your spouse's birthday.

We've all been there. The worry, the dread, the fear that we won't make it, or we'll make the wrong choice, or what we do isn't good enough.

Luckily, yoga has a solution to this problem: It's called Warrior 1 Pose.

Warrior 1 Pose is a quintessential yoga pose. It is grounding, strengthening, and calming. It teaches us to be firm and strong in our resolve, to trust our foundations, and live gracefully through the heart.

Next time you feel a worry fit going on, remind yourself that you are doing the best you can and you have the ability to accept whatever the outcome is (whether it is what you expect or not). And throw a little Warrior Pose in there, too!

How to do Warrior 1 Pose

  • From a standing position like Mountain Pose, step your left foot back behind you and angle the foot so it points at a 45-degree angle.
  • Place your hands on your hips and begin to bend your front knee so that it stacks over your ankle. You may begin to feel a burn in that front thigh- breathe through it- it's worth it! Think of all that worry you are literally burning through here! Let it go.
  • Square your hips so that your right hip pulls back and your lift hip squares forward. Aim those hips in the direction you want to go!
  • Then, reach your arms up to the sky and feel the lift through your heart as you ground down through the legs
  • Make sure you do both sides!

You can incorporate Warrior 1 into any kind of standing yoga flow, it makes a great pose to hold for many breaths or even to use as a transition. Once you feel your Warrior 1 pose becoming stronger, notice how you are able to handle stress in your life, and enjoy the benefits of being a warrior instead of a worrier!