Many yoga instructors are excellent at teaching the physical postures/asanas of yoga, yet fail to implement the true teachings of the practice. Yoga is the science of life; therefore it is essential to incorporate the spiritual, mental, and emotional components of yourself into each pose; life is not just physical. The word “Yoga” means union; to yoke; to unite. Our yoga practice is the practice of bringing all aspects of self into awareness and to unite them in the spirit of harmony and compassion. Challenge not just your body, but your emotions, thoughts, and attitude/spirit as well. Think of your yoga poses/postures/asanas as “the position in which you find yourself.” What happens mentally when you are challenged (in a challenging situation)? What feelings arise when you have difficulty executing a particular pose (in unfamiliar territory)? Does your spirit/attitude become hubris when you “are better than” or is it self-critical when you are “not as good as”? These are simply things to observe; not judge. Deepen your self-awareness and choose (or not) to do something about it. It is your life-you can make it as meaningful as you choose!
Virabhadrasana I is Sanskrit for Warrior I. As a Cherokee woman, I have explored what it means to be a warrior. I am a warrior for peace, helpfulness, and service to humanity. These are some of the things for which I stand. What is it that you stand for? Please know that each day brings new meaning and on any given day we may be called to stand for something of importance on that particular day or in that particular moment. Be strong and stand for something. Again, it is your life-you can make it as meaningful as you choose!
Sharon Whitefawn is available for mental/emotional health counseling, spiritual guidance, and physical health/fitness trainings.