Three weeks ago I had to “sit deep into my Warrior” – a term commonly used in yoga classes to instruct students to push past the burn in their legs and use every muscle in their body to hold a strong posture. I remembered those words because it was a very emotional time for my family. Our youngest daughter, Amarah, was rushed to London Children’s Hospital by ambulance where we spent 3 days figuring out what was going on with her. P.S. she is very much well now. But let me tell you those 3 days were some of the longest and most terrifying days of my life. Not knowing was the worst. My husband and I just kept praying that she would be okay. During this time I personally felt very ungrounded and afraid. Our life had been uprooted and here we were watching our 2-year-old get poked at by a team of specialists. She was carted around the hospital with an IV in her tiny arm getting blood work, EEG’s, CTs and MRIs. I felt helpless and at times I would break down when I was alone.
I knew I had to channel my inner Warrior-ess. I needed to stay grounded to be strong for my daughter and my husband all while remaining calm and focused in order to understand what the Doctors were telling us. During this experience I repeatedly reminded myself that there were a lot of unknowns, and I needed to maintain faith that the Doctors would do their work and the lesson to be learned in all of this would become clear.
In yoga we practice Warrior 2, also know as Virabhadrasana 2, for many reasons – but one of them
is to ground and centre ourselves and to stay focused through the most challenging moments in
our practice, like those times when your legs are shaking and beads of sweat are dripping down your forehead. Virabhadrasana is described as a warrior of a thousand heads, a thousand eyes, and a thousand feet, wielding a thousand clubs, and wearing a tiger’s skin … I can’t imagine anything more fierce to channel. When you hold this pose you will realize this Warrior is focused on its target, grounded and prepared for the challenge ahead….this is exactly how I needed to feel during this time.
So the next time you’re going through a rough patch, keep your head up and sit deep into your Warrior my dear yogis.
Yoga postures are deeply rooted in Ayurveda (Ancient Traditional Indian Medicine), listed below are some of the health benefits of Warrior 2:
- Strengthens the legs and ankles
- Stimulates abdominal organs
- Increases physical stamina
- Stretches out the groin, hips and shoulders
- Stretches and opens the chest and lungs
- Develops balance and stability
- Improves respiration and circulation
- Relieves backache and sciatica
- Builds mental stamina and concentration
- Encourages you to be balanced and at ease