How to do Warrior Pose I (Left)

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Difficulty: Easy

Impact Level: Normal

Target Body Parts: shoulders, calves, glutes, quadriceps


Start in a standing position facing the longest side of the mat. Step both feet out into a wide straddle. Turn to face your left leg as you turn your left foot in the direction you are now facing and turn the right foot 45 degrees towards the same direction. Reach both arms up overhead bringing the palms together and pull your belly button to your spine. Aim to square your hips to the way you are now facing and then bend deeply into your left knee. Press into your feet and hug them inwards (without them physically moving) to feel strength. Reverse out the same way by straightening the left leg, bringing the arms down and pivoting back to the side.

A common mistake with this pose is to have your hips open to the side. Instead you should aim to square your hips towards the leftt knee. Also, when lowering, if the left knee starts to move in front of the leftt ankle, walk the left foot forward (keeping the right foot still) so you can safely come deeper in the lunge without the knee over-shooting the ankle.

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