Warrior I: An Essential Yoga Pose for Strength and Stability

By
Sara Doyle, PhD, E-RYT 500
warrior 1 pose, Virabhadrasana I

If you scroll through Instagram looking for yoga photos, you’ll see only a handful of yogis posing in Virabhadrasana I (Warrior I Pose). It’s not a particularly flashy pose or one that people like to show off on a beach or a mountaintop. But this foundational pose can be fairly complex when you break it down into its component parts.

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