Before you practice this pose, it’s important to warm up thoroughly. If you have our Mat2Mat channel, choose a hips, shoulders, or twist class to get warmed up. Otherwise, this pose is best practiced during or after class. The warmer the better.
Let’s break it down:
Start in Warrior II. Side bend torso onto left thigh. Left hand on a block or the floor inside left foot. Hold strap in right hand, and wrap right arm around low back. Inhale activate feet and roll chest open. Exhale tuck sit bones toward right heel.
Reach left arm under left leg and catch the strap. Inhale activate feet and roll chest open. Exhale tuck sit bones toward right heel.
If you’re feeling more flexible, let go of the strap and clasp hands behind left thigh. Inhale activate feet and roll chest open. Exhale tuck sit bones toward right heel.
A troubleshooting guide:
Watch out for what we call, “the wedgie grip”. We’ve all done it.
If you notice that your grip is pressed up against your genitals, move your arms so that your grip is behind left thigh instead. You made need more strap to do this.
This goes with “the wedgie grip”. It's forward bending, rather than side bending. We’ve done this too.
If you notice that your torso is not supported by your thigh, this is likely what’s happening. Reset your legs in Warrior II, and lay side ribs down onto left thigh, rather that folding forward between legs.
Wild strap flinging. If you cannot reach your strap, ask yourself, “Is the strap in my bottom hand?” Because if it is, you will not be able to reach it. We promise. Start with the strap in your top hand.
Practical life skills from Interlock Warrior?
Applying suntan lotion to your back.
Scratching your own back.
Washing your own back.
Backwards hugging your own leg.
Improving structural integrity in your legs and hips.
Fantastic neck releasing.