Virbhadrasana A, warrior 1, can guide you to face the falsehoods of your ego. As you ground through your legs and feet into the earth, you release stuck energy. As your upper body extends up toward the sky, you find direction from the cosmos on who you really are. Firmly planted in this pose, anchored by your back heel, you can discover a new understanding of balance – even if someone pushed you, you would not shift in your search for what is true.
As the planet wakes up from winter and moves into spring, incorporate this warming and strengthening pose into your practice. The gentle, subtle backbend will open the front side of your body to let your heart guide you into a new season of yourself.
A longer stance is not necessarily better in virbhadrasana A. Since a key part of this pose is to keep both hips straight ahead, a longer stance when you are not ready prevents proper alignment. Shave off the sharp edges of ego and accept your starting point with the stance you need for the strongest alignment.