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Yoga + Weights: Total-Body Toning in Warrior I Pose

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Add weights to your Warrior I Pose for total-body toning. Here, Danielle Diamond of Xen Strength demos step-by-step how to up the ante in asana. Adding weights to your Warrior? Share it #newyearnewyoga.

This pose works all the major muscle groups, especially your legs, hips, back, and shoulders. Watch closely that the front knee does not move forward past the ankle. Keep your hips squared, your back leg strong, and your shoulders over the hips. Keep your elbows in line with your shoulders when you lower the weights down.

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ABOUT OUR PRO
Danielle Diamond stumbled upon yoga as a producer at MTV, and has been practicing and teaching for 20 years. After turning 40 she realized her regular practice wasn’t cutting it so she added light weights to her flow and Xen Strength was born. “I’m not promising enlightenment here, I meditate for that,” she says.

Danielle teaches at A-list wellness events hosted by Wellthily, Gurney’s Inn and Yoga Journal; and trains yogis around the world to teach Xen Strength through her teacher training. Danielle believes that living her yoga off the mat is the sole reason she’s overcome her biggest challenges, like her mother’s suicide, and can now focus on peace, happiness and teaching others to do the same.