Deeper meaning of a yoga pose. As women we often feel as if we have to keep up with the world around us, some of us waking at the crack of dawn, going over all we have to do that day in our heads. We loose sight of our true self before we even get out of bed.

We attack the day like misguided warriors ready to conquer anything that comes in front of us. But this usually leaves us feeling stressed out and on guard. How easily we move into fight or flight mode after breakfast, that is if we allow ourselves the time to stop and eat at all. Our whole energy field is on guard. We are not available to share love with our loved ones, we can’t even see them when they are standing right in front of us.

When we we act like this we are not being true warriors, we are being bullies. True warriors are present and humble, they are true to themselves. Bullies are stressed out and trying to prove something to the world around them, they are not being their true selves.

The Warrior poses in yoga teach us how to align our bodies within the space of the four directions, to embody ourselves and stand strong in our energy. I often love doing these poses in class and seeing how I progress through them each new week. One day the instructor had us go a step further, to gather our arms behind our backs and then lean forward (facing the fear of falling over) and humble (bow) our heads.

While doing this I gained a deep sense of what it is like to let go and be humble in any situation, to trust the space and people around me to support me. To know everything will work out and there is no need to be on guard when starting the day, there is no need to try to conquer anything.

To be humble is to be a warrior, to see situations as they truly are not as we imagine they are. We are able to actively engage with our surroundings.

Try this pose or the concept of it in your daily life. Catch yourself when you are in ‘stress & conquer’ mode, and look to see where you can apply some humbleness to the situation. With humbleness a stressed out bully becomes a warrior.

Victoria