aka Warrior 1
This is always a debatable pose, so without getting into all the different styles, I'm going to go over the way I teach it, and why I do.
Directions: Lets start with the base of this pose. The feet. Your front foot will be facing towards the front of your mat, with your front knee in line with your toes. Your front knee is bent and stacked over the top of your ankle (depending on flexibility)The distance between your back foot and front depends on your flexibility, you want to keep your front knee bent and back leg extended. The stance is typically shorter than your other Warrior poses. The back foot is turned out 45degs from the front of your mat, and your feet are hip width distance apart. The feet are hip width distance apart to allow your hips to square up to the front of your mat.
The upper body is stacked over the top of your hips. Arms extend out to what honors you...you can reach them up to the ceiling, if its comfortable for your shoulders, you can draw your elbows out to the side with fingers pointing up to the ceiling, or you can interlace your fingers together pointing your index fingers up, as I am doing in the photo above.
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Asana: Yoga Poses
Below you will find descriptions and helpful hints on asana aka yoga poses.