Step your left foot toward the back of your mat to come into warrior I
. Bring the left heel to the floor and turn the left toes out to about a 45-degree angle. Begin to bend the right knee over the right ankle. You may need to adjust the length of your stance (front to back). You can also widen your stance (side to side) for greater stability. Make sure to keep the position of your hips that same as it was in mountain pose, that is, hips pointing forward. On an inhale, bring your arms up over your head. The arm position can vary
according to the mobility in your shoulders. The classic position is with the palms touching over head, but you may choose to keep the palms separated at shoulder's distance apart or even bend at the elbows and open your arms like a cactus. A subtle backbend opens the heart and the gaze comes up to the fingertips.