I have already discussed 4 of the 5 commonly known warrior poses (Warrior I, Warrior II, Warrior III and Reverse Warrior). I want to use this blog to enlighten you about some of the uncommon Warrior poses/flow sequences.
This is a sequence of warrior poses used with the breath that looks like a dance. For instance, instead of holding Warrior I for 5 breaths you only hold for 1 breath and on an exhale move into a Warrior II or your favorite warrior pose. Usually this flow will be at the beginning of a class to warm up body and connect movement with breath.
I found this video on You Tube, which has a fairly thorough sequence of dancing warrior. (At 6:00, the video is a little long – you can skip forward to 1:05 if you want to jump right into the sequence).
Advancing and Retreating Warrior:
This is a sequence thought up by Paul Grilley also used to warm up the body. This video shows you how to do it. (Another 6:00 video, but you can skip to 1:25 to get past the introductory commentary).
Fallen, Resting or Dying Warrior:
From Down dog lift your right leg up, put a bend in the knee and take the leg out to side. It should remind you of a dog and a fire hydrant. Next, Place the right foot under your body and between your left hand and left foot. Try to keep your back long. Take your time so you can become aware of how your body feels. Then slowly twist your body down toward the ground. The back leg (your left) should be kicking out straight and long. While the right arm reaches long toward the diagonal. Breathe!! You can try to twist all the way down or stay in more of a plank position. Either way you should feel this stretch. It can be great for the IT Band and Tensor Fasciae Latae.
Whatever you call this pose, it is intense!
Watch Fallen Warrior. (This video is shorter and moves right into the action).
Conclusion: If you know of any more Warrior poses or sequences or would like to see a specific pose in this blog, please feel free to share. Can you guess what the 5th Warrior pose that I will write about is? (Free pass to a class at The Wellness Studio for the first correct response. An $10 Value.)