Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Warrior Spirit - Yoga for confidence & courage

Broken Arrow

This morning I'm reminded of a line, or two from a poem by Danna Faulds;

All you've ever longed for is before you in this moment,
If you dare to draw a breath and whisper - yes!

Some years ago I attended a Shaman's Journey Workshop and did one of the most scary things I've ever done... I broke this arrow on my throat! This morning I decided to come back to the blog with one of my favorite practices, however I needed a push! So, I went looking for the arrow, found it and smiled. It takes great courage, and grace to wake up and choose to live, and love life fully. Warrior spirit is a short sequence I practice on days when my mind handcuffs me, and holds me back from appreciating and living life fully in the present moment.The invitation is to open the mind and allow each breath to bring present moment awareness. Appreciate  the "in" breath as energy/ prana, then phase, soften, and settle into whatever is happening within. Let the prana work its magic. Each " out" breath can be a letting go, a release of tension or holding on to past experiences. Now... find that moment of stillness at the end of the exhalation  - a home coming and wait with patience for the next breath of life to be born.  Nemaste