Understanding the Spiritual Warrior in Yoga…

“I will always place the mission first”                  

“I will never accept defeat”                                         

“I will never quit”                                                          

“I will never leave a fallen comrade”                        

-Warrior Ethos

During Yoga the warrior poses represent a different story of battle and we are literally taking the stance of Virabhadra, a fierce warrior who was at the command of Shiva. 

At Shiva’s bidding, Virabhadra cut off the head of his girlfriend’s father and placed it on a stake. 

Incredible this incident happened as impetuous reaction to not being invited to a party, which greatly upset Virabhadra’s girlfriend. 

Well, we all make mistakes.

Actually, life gets messy sometimes.

There is often an urge to overlook natural human emotions like anger, jealousy, and bitterness in spiritual pursuits like yoga. 

We think that in order to be a yogi, we have to be devoid of all negativity. 

However we keep being human. Things happen. Removing all hardship from our lives just isn’t possible. 

Not to mention the fact that we tend to do little battles all day long….we fight against road rage (while driving), roommates, our boss, we argue with our pets, children about when it’s actually time to get out of bed. 

All of our relationships create complications and stress that engender completely natural human responses. 

This fact doesn’t automatically get us voted off the yoga island, by the way. 

More than being perpetually blissful, being a yogi:

means being able to navigate successfully the complicated world of relationship and emotion. 

We become warriors when we understand how to fight our fights with the right tools and weapons. 

In the story of Virabhadra and Shiva, Shiva comes to realize that his angered reaction in sending Virabhadra to exact revenge was a mistake, and so he works to amend it by reviving his girlfriend’s father replacing his savagely severed head.
It was his attempt at making amends and creating a platform for forgiveness, #FORGIVENESS#

Along with the extraordinary range of emotions we experience as humans, we also have the amazing capacity for reflection. 

And so, when our battles escalate beyond our control, we wield probably the most important tools of the spiritual warrior: 

compassion 

forgiveness. 

Oprah stated:

“Forgiveness is letting go of the hope that the past can be changed.”
 It’s how we soften the poorly fought battles. 

It’s how we strengthen our fortitude to fight the most challenging ones. 

It’s not avoiding the pitfalls of life that makes us spiritual warriors, but rather standing up and fighting the good fight and seeing all angles that gives us the strength and power that these three sacred poses embody. 

“Notice that the most stiffest tree is the most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind”-Bruce Lee

#warriors4healing#prana#BeAllUcanBe#love#heal#let#go#movingOn#semperleeYoga# #AlwaysShelteredYoga#Be a Warrior🎗#Not a Worrier… 

Namaste


Author:    

 Glenda Lee Santos; Humble Military and Yoga Warrior; RYT-200 hrs; Criminal Justice, BA; Holistic Practicioner with Foundation in Yoga and Ayurveda.


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