How often do you Honour your Inner Warrior? How frequently do you take a step back and observe the courageous or brave acts that you perform each day?, if you are like me, maybe not often enough, so I hope this blog will help you to re-connect and honour that strength within YOU that allows you to reach farther, to get out of the comfort zone and to step strongly into the un-known, or the courage to overcome fear in life situations that come to us every day, perhaps a warrior in you have allowed you to develop the resilience that is needed when going through difficult life challenges… whatever it is in you, honour it! We certainly do not need to be in a battlefield to relate to the concept of “warrior”, and this blog certainly do not refer to any act of violence, but instead to the positive qualities that each of us hold.
Why do we find inspiration in a warrior? perhaps the mythical qualities of Strength, Courage or self-confidence come to mind, or the honour associated to acting with fairness and balance amid the fear that might arise during a “battle”.. We all have our individual stories and personal battles, and as you read this, perhaps you can bring one or many situations where your inner warrior came up.
For me, although I can relate to many aspects of the Warrior, one that comes as a challenge is to have the self confidence to not look for outside gratification or “approval”, but instead to walk in life confident in my abilities and my strengths, without accepting the limitations others impose on me, but seeking to improve from my mistakes, seeing failure as an unavoidable lesson that can bring so much knowledge.
I quote Carlos Castaneda: “The self-confidence of the warrior is not the self-confidence of the average person. The average person seeks certainty in the eyes of the onlooker and calls that self-confidence. The warrior seeks impeccability in his own eyes and calls that humbleness. The average person is hooked to his fellow men, while the warrior is hooked only to infinity.”
There are a few yoga poses that truly inspire an individual, for me, Virabhadrasana / the warrior series is one of them, this pose requires stamina, strength and focus to perform it while being strongly grounded to the floor, looking up with a mixture of strength, balance and gratitude...The beauty of Yoga, is that some poses truly offer the Yogi an opportunity to take the practice out of the mat and translate it into the real world, Virabhadrasana is the one that I carry the most with me in my day to day life.
In class, as we prepare our bodies to perform the warrior series, you will be invited to set an intention around bringing your warrior off the mat.
So, go on, allow yourself to honour your inner warrior. You deserve it
Yoga teacher & Senior Scientist working full time with a major Multinational.