One of the best things about yoga (if not THE best), is that after each practice, you really do grow and you really do transcend into a higher self. You become enlightened by your own abilities and the miracles of your amazing body. You learn, you discover a lot about yourself, and you gain a great deal of humility. When all of this radiates from ourselves, we put peace into our lives and into the lives of those around us.
The next time I “exalt my warrior,” it will be in honor of my dad. My dad is battling liver failure and heart failure. He fights relentlessly, and he is the strongest man I know.
Virabhadrasana, or the warrior sequence, is a commemoration of the Spiritual Self; and sometimes, it is a battle for us to come into acceptance or to come into recognition with our spirituality. Sometimes, it is even a challenge to connect to our spirituality, to find oneness within ourselves. We live in a world that constantly pressures us to be something we are not. We live in a world that punishes us for being slightly off the norm, whatever that is anymore. We live in a world that has created division amongst each other. We live in a world that has invented the concept of physical ugliness, when we were born perfectly perfect. We live in a world where we need the approval of others to be beautiful. We live in a world with so many worlds that we are all on a quest to search for our truest self. It’s a hard world to live in, and so we fight. But, it’s a beautiful fight. We fight because we want good, good for humanity, and good for ourselves. We can be good to each other when we are good to ourselves. Some days will be harder or easier than the other, but always make it an intention to be good to yourself, to be kind to yourself at the present moment.
The next time you “exalt your warrior,” exalt yourself because you are your warrior; exalt yourself for being strong and for just having the power to be, the power to be you, and the power to become aware of your beautiful spirit. And if you want, exalt another…because we all have our own battles.
The next time I exalt my warrior, and every time after that, it will be in honor of my dad. His physical body may be weakening, but it is his unwavering spirit that keeps him alive, and strengthens mine.
My warrior is my dad.