Karma Dama - Virabhadrasana III

Virabhadrasana III (Warrior III)

Karma is known for its nomadic tribe take on yoga, but without a studio, we are limited when it comes to teaching our students about the use of props to help get deeper into a posture or make a challenging pose more obtainable. The Karma Dama blog will show you ways to guide your body into postures you can practice at home.

Props are expensive and before I invested the money in them myself, I got creative and found household items that I could utilize as props, plus it fuels this fun idea of a home practice. Here are some of the things I use:

Block- thick hardcover book, I usually put a rubber band around the book so it doesn’t come open mid-use.

Strap- If you aren’t a tie wearer, a belt also works. I personally prefer a tie because if I need a long strap, I can tie multiple of them together.

Blanket- you don’t need a fancy yoga blanket to utilize a blanket in your practice, your favorite one around your home would do just fine.

Bolster- Bolsters come in many different sizes, luckily so do household pillows, find a pillow (or 5) that you like and can use for a bolster.

Chair- many people may not be familiar with yoga chairs but you can utilize them for inversions and arm balances. Find a sturdy chair in your home and ONLY PRACTICE WITH IT ON CARPET or all chair legs on the mat. No yogis sliding around on tile or wood floors.

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Hello, yogis! This months posture to help elevate your home practice with props is one of my favorites! It is simple yet can completely change how you see your body in Warrior III. You hear teachers say in this pose “its like a teeter totter, find that center balance.” But if you are like me, this cue meant little to how it applied to my body! Utilizing the strap helped me actually feel the sensation these teachers were always talking about. To get warmed up prep your body with postures like reclined hand to big toe, reclined hero, tiger pose, spinal balance, forward fold, chair, warrior I and II or just any pose you need to help warm your body and find stability.

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Now, if you are using ties to replace a strap, you may need to tie a few of them together before starting to get the length of your bodies worth. Then make a loop big enough for your foot nice and snuggly.

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I usually test it out by bringing my toes through it and swinging it around my shoulder to test it before trying to get my heel into it.

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Once you find a good length and loop that is comfortable. come into warrior I with the look on the back heel of your foot. The key to keeping the strap from popping off your heel is the key to being successful in this posture. You want to energetically and physically send energy through your heel by flexing your foot and pressing down. You may find it take a few tries to figure out what I mean by this, but once it clicks, that strap will be glued to your foot.

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Begin to pull on the strap with your hands while still sending energy through the heel. By having this energy going through both ends, you should find a simple lift off into warrior III. Find a spot on the floor to keep you stable and find strength. If you are still struggling to keep the strap on the foot, do this against a wall, allowing your back foot to press into the wall to help you find the sensation you are looking for.

Go forth and play yogis!

-Namaste, Michi P.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: MICHI POINDEXTER

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This passionate knowledge seeking teacher, started their yoga journey with karma a few years ago and after falling in love with the community of yoga completed their 200hr Teacher Training at Yoga from the Heart. They have been a Dentonite since 2014, graduated from TWU and runs community groups. With their trauma-informed certification, they emphasize trauma healing by sharing healing techniques to take yoga off the mat. Aside from yoga, they enjoy outdoor activities, reading and mix media art.