"Shooting at the walls of heartache
Bang, bang, I am the warrior
Well, I am the warrior and heart to heart you'll win
If you survive the warrior"
This past weekend I was fortunate enough to attend a few workshops with Pedro Franco, at Yoga Strong Studio in Canton, Ohio.
He taught a beautiful flow, sang songs, encouraged us to stick
with poses (Don't Run from Cobra!!), but he also shared
fantastic stories about the lore behind various poses. Looking back
now, I think it was a sneaky, yet fabulous, way to get my mind
off my muscles catching fire, but hey it worked, so win-win.
As we flowed from low lunge up into Warrior I, II, Reverse Warrior, and III he told us this juicy little story behind the pose we all know and love, that's right, let's hear it for Virabhadrasana or Warrior, YAYYYYYY!!!!!!!
You see Sati was the youngest daughter of Daksha, the king of all men. When Sati grew up
she set her heart on Shiva. When it came time for Sati to choose a husband, her father, Daksha invited all gods and princes EXCEPT Shiva. Sati cast her garland into air, calling upon Shiva to receive the garland; and behold he stood in midst of the court with the garland about his neck. Daksha had no choice but to let Sati marry Shiva, and he wasn't exactly thrilled.
Daksha then decided to throw a really groovy party. You know, important people, good eats, and even a horse sacrifice, but he did not invite his daughter Sati or her beau Shiva. Sati chose to go anyway. Her father insulted her in front of the whole party telling her he did not support her marriage to the "bum" Shiva. Unable to withstand the embarrassment Sati threw herself into the sacrificial fire.
When Shiva found out about Sati's demise, with deep sorrow and great anger, he plucked a
dread lock from his head and thrashed it upon the ground. Lord Virabhadra, grew up from this dreadlock, his tall body reached the high heavens, he was dark as the clouds, three burning eyes, and fiery hair; he wore a garland of skulls and carried terrible weapons. He then pulled out his swords, and rose them into the air, and proceeded to cut off Daksha's head!! (Virabhadra broke up Daksha's little soirée with a vengeance, to say the least.)
Long story short compassionate Shiva then gave Daksha a head of a goat, and Daksha became a great devotee of Shiva. So, right on, all was then well with gods and men.
Flowing thru Warrior after hearing this story, it's a kind of funny that I find myself trying to rise and stand stronger in Warrior I, move to II with a greater strength and purpose, reverse with great promise and focus, and bowing into III, I CUT OFF ALL THE HEADS, just kidding, but I stick with the breath to find greater balance than before.
Funny how life's "why's" help us understand our movements or choices and do so with greater purpose. Even if it may be a silly little story...The "why" behind anything, I find, breathes purpose and understanding into many aspects of our lives.
Why do we do anything we do?
Find your why, in fact, shout your why from the rooftops, and watch your life catch fire and transform...
We are all works in progress, my hope is that we may all bloom to our full potential, to be our radiant selves, so that our light may brighten others.
A Blooming Yogini is someone on a journey to their authentic self, a union of mind, body and spirit to a more healthy, thriving , and vibrant you.
Live. Love. Bloom.
Casandra Barnes - The Blooming Yogini