I was always trying so hard to keep both of my hip bones facing forward (like I was taught) but it never really felt good, like many of the other poses did.
My hip bones were always sideways, and in order to keep them facing forward I would have to do a lot of "tweaks" to get them straight. Warrior 1 felt strained and difficult and I often wondered if I was doing it right.
I had no idea that most of the "tweaks" I was doing were actually compensations. I never knew that if I made my Warrior 1 stance SMALLER, my pelvis would stay straight and I would get more benefits out of the pose. I didn't know that trying to force my pelvis to be straight was just a compensation on top of my body's original compensation.
Susi Hately taught me that. It was a huge revelation for me.
It's been 6 years since my yoga therapy training with Susi I am still amazed at how the "less is more" approach makes yoga more sustainable and effective. Sometimes I laugh when I think that after all the time and money I've spent and the studying I've done, a lot of it just adds up to "less is more." Oh the beautiful simplicity of it all!
If you want to learn more about how to make your Warrior 1 more effective, check out my video: "Avoiding Common Pitfalls in Warrior 1"