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Updated March 31, 2009

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Modified Warrior I on the Ball
Yoga Exercises
Paige Waehner
Warrior I is an excellent stretch for the entire front body - the chest, abs and hip flexors. In the traditional version, you also get a great stretch in the calf of the back leg, but this modified version incorporates a ball for extra support. This modified Warrior I is perfect for people who have tight calves or problems with balance when doing this exercise.
  1. Get on the knees in front of an exercise ball and take the left leg forward into a lunge so that it's right next to the ball.
  2. Lean the hips into the ball and gently roll forward until you feel a stretch in the front of the right hip. Position yourself so that you are completely supported on the ball.
  3. Inhale and sweep the arms up overhead and into a gentle back bend, feeling a stretch in the chest and abs.
  4. Exhale and sweep the arms down while pushing back from the ball just a bit.
  5. Inhale the arms up again, leaning into the ball, and repeat for 3-5 reps, matching your movements with your breath.
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