I teach yoga and have come to really love the language of yoga. The many reminders of staying in the present that are inherent in the language particularly appeal to me when it comes to thinking about our individual fertility journeys. This feels pertinent at this time of year when the urge to look back and forward is so compelling.
Warrior 2, Virabhadrasana II, in particular, speaks about this. The pose (asana) is powerful, as befits a warrior. Front leg is bent, knee going no further than ankle, thigh perhaps as much as parallel to the ground, but perhaps much less bent. Back leg active, grounded, supporting the effort in the front leg, taking pressure off of the front knee. Back foot, outer edge, firmly pressed into the ground, allowing length in the leg, groin,and pelvic area. Wide angle stance, hips open to the side. Pelvis, continuing up the torso, grounding straight down, neither leaning forward into the future,not reaching back into the past.
We add the arms, brave and true, extended at shoulder height, through to the finger tips, same arm extended with each leg. Drop the shoulders into the back so that those larger muscles can support the arms and fatigue from holding arms doesn’t occur nearly as quickly.
Dristi or gaze, out over the front finger tips. Hands are palms down, as though resting gently, finger tips lengthening purposely. Dristi is with soft eyes, letting the power be in the body, heart, spirit and especially breath.
Then we check. Is this where you are leaning forward, pushing into the future? Are you rearing back, full of desire to stay in the past? Again, we allow pelvic area, to drop straight down and find that this stabilizes the asana and allows the crown of the head to rise straight up. Length between tailbone and crown, solid base through the legs, arms positioned to show purpose.
Warrior two is a pose of strength, purpose and determination. We take this pose in a compassionate way, mindful of our hearts and breath. We ground into the present, resisting our urges of the moment to either stay behind or race forward.
Determination in Warrior poses is what you make it. You personally. All the directions are above to move physically into the pose. What occurs there evolves from your heart and spirit. Warrior 2 allows strength to build, summons up inner courage and allows you the opportunity to find your inner character.
Summon up your inner warrior. Strength and compassion. Being in the present. Treat the past respectfully and thoughtfully as you do the future and then remind yourself of the present. The present is a gift you can give yourself that may feel especially poignant during this week of ushering out the old year and welcoming in the New Year.