How to reduce neck and low back pain in Warrior 1 with this one tip
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Oftentimes, you may see people expressing the same posture slightly differently based on their own anatomy, their lineage of training and a myriad of other reasons. One expression of Warrior 1 and Crescent lunge that you may see can actually cause pain in the low back and neck.
In Warrior 1, we are supposed to be embodying a strong warrior, able to take on any foe. This means the posture should be sturdy and solid-like a tall oak tree. When you see this posture expressed as more of a back bend, that may feel good to the practitioner, but it is not necessarily the safest way to express the posture.
Rather than reach the hands and arms back and have the chin facing the ceiling, try extending the arms straight up and have the top of the head reach for the ceiling (not the chin). Stack the shoulders on top of this hips and engage your core.
See if this stacking of the joints helps to create a more stable base for your warrior, and if keeping your chin slightly tucked with the crown of your head reaching up helps to reduce neck pain you experience in this posture.
Let me know what you think about this cue and if it helps you feel more strong and stable.
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