Make Love, Not War-rior
Updated: Nov 30, 2019
We all know how tough that post-holiday 4 day work week is, but if you're like me and you're already dragging through it because you've got big plans this weekend and Wednesday hasn't even technically started yet....you need this post.
I wanted to pay a tribute to the Warrior posse. Virabhadrasana has several variations, all of which give you strength, energy, and focus - qualities possessed by a fierce [ ] that can take on anything! Qualities that can hopefully get me through the week! If you're feelin' this it's time to roll out your mats and become a warrior.
Virabhadrasana I - The arms over your head aspect of this pose is really my favorite part. Just that simple move makes the world of a difference. Immediately I can feel how open my chest and lungs are - since I can take deep, clarifying breaths I'm able to focus and strengthen my balance and stability. While you're stretching and strengthening nearly everything the body has to offer, you're encouraging good circulation and respiration, energizing your entire body!
Virabhadrasana II - Having your arms splayed open in a T fashion like you're going in for a giant group hug opens your chest up in a completely different way - but this pose is also great for your breathing and blood flow. Picking a point in front of you and gazing directly over your front hand will aide in the focus, concentration, and groundedness this pose fosters.
Virabhadrasana III - When you are nearly six feet tall, this is a tricky pose. There is a lot to balance when you're that long - but that also means there is a lot to gain! This pose integrates all of the muscles throughout your core, arms, and legs, creating stability throughout the body and improving your full body coordination and posture! Creating this fingertip to toe alignment while balancing strengthens the whole back side of your body. Not only are your shoulders, hamstrings, calves, ankles, and back covered, but the balancing aspect of this pose tones your abs on top of it. Just don't try this on a windy day...
Baddha Virabhadrasana - Humble Warrior is a unique binding forward bending pose that I'm quite a fan of. I love to stretch my arms behind my back like this, so incorporating it into a Warrior asana is even better! Again, it requires stability and flexibility throughout the body, but once you're in it, it opens your chest, lungs, and hips and stretches the shoulders, neck, back, arms, AND legs. Another great benefit of the Humble Warrior forward bend is the stimulation to your nervous system and the organs in your abdominal cavity - another energizing aspect of the Warriors. If you do this one out in public, people will stare - you might as well give it your all and give 'em a show!
Viparita Virabhadrasana - Reverse Warrior is one of the prettiest warrior poses. I always feel so zen and peaceful as I reflect in this asana. This pose is known to reduce fatigue and calm the mind because it increases the blood flow throughout your body. It strengthens and stretches basically everything and improves the flexibility of your spine, inner thighs, ankles, and arms. Back bends are one of my favorite pose catagories to play with, I think that's why I gravitate towards the Reverse Warrior.
When your knuckles are dragging, and that light at the end of the tunnel is barely a pinhole, look to the Warrior poses to give you the strength and energy to be the badass go-getter you need to be!
My soul honors your soul.
I honor the place in you where the entire universe resides.
I honor the light, love, truth, beauty, and peace within you,
because it is also within me.
In sharing these things, we are united, we are the same,
we are one.
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