Pose of the Month- May Virabhadrasana I (Warrior 1)

Pose of the Month – June – by Emma Despres

Phew, what a roller coaster the last few weeks have been! All those Lunar and Solar eclipses have certainly helped to push things along a little and illuminate the passions, clarity and understanding of where we are headed next.

Well in theory anyway!  Regardless of whether you buy into this whole astrological thing or not, we are headed towards the Solstice on 21st June, where the light will be at its strongest – marking the longest day and shortest night of the year.

This means that life is very vibrant at the moment, full of new life and potential – although things will be slowing down soon as Mercury is retrograde from 7th June to 1st July, which focuses us on our work and family life.

This really is a good time to find the right work/life balance – certainly it will help to illuminate the various conflicts in our life, testing our limits and boundaries and encouraging us to be true to ourselves and express ourselves sincerely from the heart with clarity love and compassion

Take time therefore to nurture yourself, embracing any opportunity to get out in nature;  grounding and balancing the powerful energy of the sun, staying focused and emotionally calm, keeping the feet firmly rooted to the earth, the hands reaching for the heavens and the heart open, so we may bask in the glory of this light-filled time.

Virabhadrasana I (Warrior 1)


  • Expands your chest, lungs and shoulders.
  • Stretches your hip flexors, abdomen, and ankles.
  • Develops stamina and endurance in your thighs and core muscles.
  • Stimulates abdominal organs and digestion.
  • Tones the neck, tummy and groins (psoas).
  • Strengthens the shoulders and arms, and the muscles of the back.
  • Strengthens and stretches the thighs, calves, and ankles.
  • Heart opening.
  • Commemorates the embraces the concept of the “spiritual warrior,” who bravely does battle with the universal enemy, self-ignorance (avidya), the ultimate source of all our suffering.


  • High blood pressure
  • Heart problems
  • Students with shoulder problems should keep their raised arms parallel (or slightly wider than parallel) to each other.
  • Students with neck problems should keep their head in a neutral position and not look up at the hands.

Photography by Nick Despr

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