When we are in harmonious times, it’s easy to express our beliefs and our truth. Many of us yogis surround ourselves with like-minded people seeking to live life on a higher vibration. We choose to focus on the positive and live from a place of compassion and love. Practicing these principles on the yoga mat strengthens our resolve to practice them off the mat.
But how do we stand in our truth when it is challenged from all sides? How do we remain peaceful and positive when there’s no choice but to fight to preserve our dignity, our values, and our beliefs?
The concept of being a warrior and fighting doesn’t have to mean that we are denying our spirituality.
Check out Alanna Kaivalya’s latest class - Following the Path of the Peaceful Warrior
If you’ve studied the Bhagavad Gita, one of yoga’s most significant texts, you know that the protagonist, Arjuna, faced his biggest dilemma not simply because he led the army onto the battlefield, but because he had to fight against his own family. Arjuna struggled to reconcile how to be a warrior with the spiritual teachings of peace and compassion. Krishna advised Arjuna that sometimes doing the right thing is to stand up and fight for your values, despite pain and seemingly insurmountable obstacles.
Pradeep Teotia’s - Stand Tall is a good way to practice staying rooted in your truths and rising up to your strengths.
Learning to dig deep and operate from our courageous hearts often feels uncomfortable and fills us with fear. We need to build this power from the inside out and tap into our Shakti through Sadhana or practice. Tap into your inner Shakti with Christen Bakken’s - Lessons From the Ladies: Ma Durga
Step onto your yoga mat or sit on your meditation pillow with the intent to build your own strength, compassion and personal power. Cultivate your inner light to learn to discern how we can make a difference. The more attuned we are to our own inner truths, the more we can share them and stand for them, no matter what obstacles stand in the way.
Try starting with Rob Loud’s - Journey Toward Compass Pose.