Try Crescent instead of Warrior I

Try Crescent instead of Warrior I

I’m struggling with Warrior I.  To get a more honest hip flexor stretch, I prefer using Crescent.
You can even use the pose to help with low back pain if you tend to overarch your lower back (hyperlordosis).

From Warrior I, lift the back heel, and bend the back knee so you can tuck the tailbone under. Pull the  belly in and up, that helps to support the lower back.
Then slowly start straightening the back knee, while keeping the position of the pelvis. You don’t need to straighten it completely, just as far as it will go without lifting the tailbone up.

You should feel a stretch in the front of the back leg’s thigh.

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2 thoughts on “Try Crescent instead of Warrior I

  1. That’s a great alternative, Saba! You get a better stretch if you don’t have to fight for balance.
    I got a lot more stability in shaky standing poses by leaning a hand against a wall, or the back of a chair–without any weight on it, just having my fingertips on the surface.

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