“I am iron and I forge myself!” – Lagertha Lothbrok
Everyone who practices yoga will agree, that there is this one favorite asana. You love it, it’s comfortable, it’s challenging, it’s a sanctuary, it’s calming you down … there are so many reasons why we call one or a bunch of a few, favorite asana. Mine is the Virabhadrasana II – the Warrior Pose II (and there is no coincidence that it’s inked on my skin)
At the first glance it might appear to be odd that a yoga posture is named after a warrior because isn’t yoga a peaceful way for self-discovery? The meaning behind this posture is more about the spiritual power which lives in all of us. The warrior helps to fight against ignorance. The warrior postures are challenging asanas which demand a lot of power and stability from the body. All muscles, especially in the arms are continuously active.
Benefits of the Warrior Postures
This powerful poses I, II and III are some of the most common postures in yoga practice. They promote mental focus and energize mind and body. Warrior I begins in a lunge position where arms are raised overhead, with the palms facing each other. It stretches the lunges, shoulders, the gluteus and builds core power. In a mental way, Warrior I increases the body-mind connection. The full plant of the back foot combined with squaring the hips and the internal rotation of the back foot requires a great perception where the body is in place.
The II Warrior, where arms extend out in opposite directions and the view over the forearm is a full body pose that effects every single muscle in your body. It also can help to develop endurance as it is easy enough to hold the posture for a long time without risking injury. In an emotional sense, the Warrior II pose develops peace and strength in an uncomfortable moment. It helps as well to find stillness of your mind in a stressful surrounding. This pose has great potential to relieve tensions as you continue to hold what needs to be held for stability and integrity within the pose.
Warrior III is about full body balance. While standing on one leg the other leg, torso and arms are aligned horizontally to the ground. This position strengthens and stretches the legs and stimulates the abdominal organs. It can be very easy to flex all your muscles in this pose but it might be a bit challenging. During Warrior III your mind gets trained to relax and to release all tensions you don’t need. Warrior III can teach us to stay balanced in our emotions, to stay focused on what we are feeling without being distracted by each and every little thing around us.
A little bit of mythological background
There are a lot of myths about strong and brave female warriors. Women who fight by the side of their husbands. Female warriors – just a myth from the past or a way to involve the inner skills of a woman? Some say it’s psychological propaganda for the modern-day-type of women who should rule the world.
These women kick ass, and which woman wouldn’t want to do that? They see what needs to be done and do everything in their power to make it happen. Values like loyalty, honour and equality are important for female warriors. Everyone wants to be able to protect themselves ore those who are weak.
Female warrior were strong trained and in an powerful body shape. Their minds were strong as well, always prepared to act. So like in many other asanas the warrior postures demand a lot of concentration to support the energy flow in the body. It presents courage, power, stability and confidence.
In the yoga mythological the warrior postures are dedicated to a fierce warrior of Lord Shiva, but that’s another story.
“Some women fear the fire. Some women simply become it.” – r.h. sin
So, be the fire … life is to short to fear the flame! #becomeafunctionalwarrior