Warrior I pose is a great stretch to increase your
you’re reading this at your computer, hunched over a
keyboard, kneading some muscles that always feel stuck.
office doesn’t allow a lot of room to stretch, but experts
say flexibility is key to long-term health.
wanted to find out one stretch that could boost maximum
flexibility — especially for anyone sitting for hours a day
at a desk.
teacher Andrea Gilats recently wrote "Restoring
Flexibility: A Gentle Yoga-Based Practice to Increase Mobility
at Any Age." The book, with 200 step-by-step photos, aims
to increase mobility for seniors. Within, Gilats encourages a
20-minute routine twice a week.
Paul, Minn.-based practice is called The Third Age, which
refers to a time after midlife but before true old age.
move to maximize your flexibility, Gilats suggests doing one
of yoga’s essential poses: Warrior I.
I is a powerhouse flexibility move," she said. "It
stretches both sides of our body from our waist all the way
through our fingertips."
mobilizes shoulder joints and sends energy throughout the
body, she noted.
for the cubicle-based, a Warrior I relaxes and lengthens the
core’s psoas muscles, which she said run through the abdomen
to upper thighs and become tight and creased while sitting at
counteracting effects of sitting, this move mobilizes the hip
lengthens our spine by inviting us to stand fully upright,
rather than hunched over our computer," Gilats added.
into the pose, bend your knee, stacking it over the ankle.
Make sure that hips are still facing forward, and check your
top half to make sure it’s tall — no hunching forward.
your arms overhead, with the arms about shoulder-width apart.
emphasized to maneuver into one Warrior I on both sides of the
body. First, with the left foot back, then switch and put the
left foot forward.
feel a positive difference at the end of the day if you do
Warrior I once an hour," she said.