Have you ever thought why there are all those “Warrior” poses in yoga? Isn’t yoga supposed to promote peace? Non-violence? Kindness? Let's explore...
The Bhagavad Gita, a thousands year old yogic text, tells the story of Arjuna, a warrior, who is faced with fighting a battle he simply doesn’t want to fight. In the story, Arjuna shares his fears, self-doubts, beliefs, frustrations, and anxieties with another character, Sri Krishna. And, Krishna isn’t having any of it. In fact, throughout the entire tale, Krishna teaches Arjuna ways to release the negative emotions and feelings, and usher in strength, love, gratitude, compassion, even humor. He teaches that the only limitations are the ones we create. Essentially, he’s teaching Arjuna the practice of yoga.
I’m thinking of this as I write to you because...you guys, I let my own fears sneak up on me, too. Sometimes, I get so wrapped in fear of what might happen, that the overwhelm literally paralyzes me from action. Arjuna felt this way. Do you ever get so anxious and stressed and overwhelmed that you can’t take a step forward? Whenever this happens, I recognize that either, 1. There might be too much on my plate or 2. I need rest. But, when that also doesn’t work, I start to try and visualize what my ideal day would look like. Not worrying about time or money. What would I do? Who would I be with?
There’s always my husband and my little Bodhi Bear at the forefront. There’s a beach with warm sand and sun hats. There’s piping hot cups of morning coffee. And, there’s you. There’s yoga. There’s building space(s) and yoga community beyond my wildest dreams. Sometimes, I let fear or overwhelm get the better of me before pivoting, trying something new. And, partly, I think it’s because I have no idea what I would do professionally if it wasn’t teaching yoga. But, maybe that means this is where I’m meant to be. There’s been a lot of change for me - as a new mama, welcoming new teachers at the studio, and wonderful announcements to come. And, I’ll admit. It can be super scary to move in new directions and to contemplate changes. So, I’m working on pausing for moments of rest, imagination, and gratitude.
I want to thank YOU. I want to thank you for allowing me to live pieces of my ideal day every week. I want to thank you for sharing your joy and curiosity with me and this community. And, I want you to know that if there is a fear or anxiety or big time stress you have in your own life, you are not alone. We are all warriors, just like Arjuna, fighting daily battles and learning the best way to move through them with grace and a bit of laughter. And, ahem, that’s why there are Warrior poses in yoga.
I encourage you to think about what is holding you back in this moment. What is a fear that you’re holding on to? What are you battling in your life? And, then look on the flip side. What is your ideal outcome? What can you express gratitude for? Savor the feeling to tackle that fear head on. Don’t wait. You are limitless. We are limitless. The possibilities in this life are endless.
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