When we practice Yoga, we put our bodies into positions that resemble plants, animals and other creatures. But why? This past week, I attended the Vira Bhava Yoga company retreat in Guatemala. As teachers and students of Yoga, we came together to study and share our experiences, but mostly, we came together to remember the greater purpose of our practice.
Vira means “warrior” and Bhava means “the essence” or “heart.” Vira Bhava Yoga is the practice of embodying our true self and fearless nature. When we practice Yoga with this intention, we are actually practicing a new way of being in the world.
+ We face challenges with courage.
+ We stand tall in our power and strength.
+ We bow with reverence and humility.
+ We acknowledge that we are part of something that is bigger than ourselves.
It’s no coincidence that Warrior 1, 2 and 3 are the most popular Yoga poses. In Sanskrit, the full translation of Virabadrasana, or Warrior Pose, describes “a courageous, nice person.” So when we come onto our mat and we practice these postures, we are practicing being someone who is brave and compassionate, with clear intentions and a desire for truth.
The world needs more people with a warrior’s heart, and Yoga is here to help us. So when you get on your mat, ask yourself this question: How do I show up in my life as a warrior?
If you are looking to create real and lasting change in the world, then join us for a free Master Class on Sunday, September 17 at 4pm. Maria Borghoff, 500-RYT, will guide you through a skillful practice to deepen your understanding of Yoga and embrace your warrior’s heart.
Your teaching is only as rich as your practice, and your voice is only as strong as your support. So keep practicing for yourself and finding ways to feel supported in your discomfort, and your wisdom will naturally unfold.