Warrior One With Hands on Hips

Definition - What does Warrior One With Hands on Hips mean?

Warrior one with hands on hips is a beginner standing posture that improves balance, leg strength and flexibility.

For this variation, the position of the body and legs is the same as in warrior one, which resembles a high lunge with the forward leg at a 90-degree angle. Instead of extending the arms upward, however, the hands are placed on the hips.

Warrior one is also known by its Sanskrit name, Virabhadrasana A. Hands on hips is just one of several variations of the pose.

Warrior One With Hands on Hips

Yogapedia explains Warrior One With Hands on Hips

Warrior one with hands on hips puts less strain on the shoulders, neck and arms; therefore, it is a more appropriate modification of the pose for yogis with injuries in these areas. Warrior one with hands on hips offers many of the benefits as the full version of the pose, including:

  • Boosts concentration and focus
  • Opens the chest, hips and groin
  • Strengthens and stretches the legs, ankles and feet
  • Increases physical and mental energy
  • Boosts circulation
  • Improves respiration
  • Calms the mind

Other modifications of warrior one pose include prayer hands, extended arms with a forward bend, and hands on hips with a forward bend.

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