It never ceases to amaze me that it doesn’t matter how often you practice and how many times you do the same basic postures, there’s always something new to learn and experience.
Today’s “wow” moment came while doing something as ‘simple’ as suryanamaskara B (warrior 2).
How many times do we do this posture in a practice, especially in Ashtanga, and just bring the foot to meet our hands then rise up without giving those movements much thought?
There’s a tendency to just swing the leg forward in a haphazard way, then lift the upper body, with the focus generally being on the breath, or making sure the knee is over the ankle and the leg bent to 90 degrees, or lifting the chest, or feeling the stretch in the pelvis.
Instead consider this…
– As you bring the right foot forward, keep the hands pressed firmly into the earth with the finger pads gripping the mat, ground the left foot and consciously place the right foot down near the hands, making sure all four corners of the foot make contact with the mat.
– Then, as you inhale, lift your hand off the mat and bring your shoulders in line with your hips, think about really grounding the right foot. pressing the earth away as you lift your body up, reaching the crown of your head toward the sky.
– Energetically pulling your feet towards each other and inwardly rotating the thighs. When you do this, you’ll create space between the sits bones, allowing you to tuck the tailbone under and sink your hips towards the earth
– Reach your heart forward while bringing the shoulder blades down the back in the space behind your heart.
– Keep the energy in your arms as your bring your hands together and gaze up past your thumbs.
For me, the posture suddenly became completely different.
Warrior is a strong posture and by following these suggestions, it goes from just a posture that feels strong in your front quadricep to a posture in which the whole body feels strong, grounded and energized.
It’s also interesting to think about how many things we do on a daily basis that we just go through the motions, treating life as mundane and activities as routine. Instead, with a little more awareness, you might see things you never saw before and feel more alert, stronger and more energized – like a warrior.