Foundational yoga poses are valuable for their own sake

by Jay Hiller, May 30, 2023

Photo by Jon Moore on Unsplash

“And that’s quite the warm up and the stretch,” the well known yoga teacher on the streaming service said as he led Warrior I, a pose some people would describe as foundational. It’s never been my favorite and something about him saying that clicked with me. Why not practice Warrior I, a hated pose, a lot? So I added it to the list of things I try to do daily.

In that particular class, which I’ve taken many times, Warrior I leads to other poses that are difficult for me and ends with a pose I’ve never gotten into successfully, peacock. I keep taking it because I think I’m learning from it. But the practice of Warrior I has made me see its value and it’s a lot less unpleasant for me than it used to be. It’s not as cool looking as peacock, but it’s good.

Give me a high 5, I’m an eRYT500

I completed my 2000th hour of professional yoga teaching tonight! Yippee! I feel so lucky to have had this experience of teaching yoga. I’ve taught all kinds of people, in lots of different settings and in all kinds of modalities. It’s been fun and I’m grateful to everyone who’s taken a class from me.

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2 responses to “Foundational yoga poses are valuable for their own sake”

  1. Great job on achieving your 2000th hour of professional yoga teaching, that’s amazing! Your dedication to your practice and sharing it with others is truly inspiring.
    founder of balance thy life

    1. Thank you! And thank you very much for reading my blog.

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