Reverse Warrior

SKILL LEVEL
  • Intermediate
CATEGORY
BENEFITS
  • Strengthens the feet, ankles, knees, quads, hips and glutes.
  • Stretches the calves, hamstrings, groin, hips, obliques, intercostals and shoulders.
  • Improves spinal mobility.
INSTRUCTIONS
  • From Mountain pose, step your left foot towards the back of the mat and turn it in slightly from 90 degrees.
  • Line up your front heel with the arch of your back foot, face forwards and bring your arms up to shoulder height in Warrior 2.
  • Check that your right knee is directly over your right ankle and tracking over your second toe.
  • From Warrior 2, keep your front knee bent, drop your left hand down your back leg and reach your right hand up and over, palm facing down.
  • Drop your hips and try to bring your front thigh parallel to the mat.
  • Keep the weight on your back hand light—engaging your hips and legs strongly.
  • Hold the pose for 3-5 breaths, in and out through your nose.
  • Take a deep breath in. Exhale, step to the top of your mat and switch sides.
CONTRAINDICATIONS
  • Avoid this pose if you have a foot, hip or back injury.