Joan of Arc-The Warrior Saint
|Warrior 2 pose|
Has your world been topsy turvy? I'm referring to the past few years. Are you feeling the shifts in consciousness the philosophers have been speaking about regarding entering 2012 manifesting in front of you? I thought this age meant I would be seeing rainbows each time I looked up towards the sky. Instead I'm seeing sticky mud and thick concrete to bull doze through. The old world versus new age order. It ain't easy pitching new concepts to traditional businessmen & women, the pillars. However this is why we incarnated at this time, to create the shift and marry the old that are willing with the new.
How about your personal relationships? Are they not exactly the same as they were year's ago however the same old story line seems to show up on some level with a different face? Are your old ways of coping no longer working? Does the ground feel a little unstable and the walls thick? If any of this resonates within you I suggest paying a little extra attention to your Warrior poses in yoga class.
|woven belt http://www.forever21.com/|
Standing poses particularly warrior poses are very grounding when you pay attention to pressing both feet into the earth. By not favoring one leg you will feel stable and notice a feeling of spaciousness growing within your chest and heart as your spine lightens up to the sky. Place your hands on your hips and gently press downward. This technique will encourage your legs and feet to feel the ground.
|boat shoes http://www.forever21.com/|
Earlier in the day I was wearing my golden gladiator sandals which I thought coordinated like perfection with this tunic that has a Spartan sequins and a warrior square neck flair. Because it became chilly outside after noon time my toes needed coverage. I opted for my natural/gold speckled boat shoes. This is not my favorite combination but while in a hurry to leave the house I kept my color story of purple,natural and gold going on and slipped on these shoes.
I love style but you'll notice a common thread in my style as we move forward together. I love to feel comfortable and always ready to go into a yoga pose and breathe. When the weather changes I change with it and when it comes to shoes I take them seriously. They support our foundation. If you wear high heeled shoes that make your knees bend as you walk or teeter totter as you stand in pain your consciousness will waver like your aching feet, legs and lower back. Who has time for this?
Heels are unquestionably gorgeous but in future posts I will point out yogini options. Hint-the flat form and platform wedge.
|purple flowers on my Mother in law's lawn, my outfit's color inspiration|
The earth is always there for us no matter how bad things in life maybe. You can always rest on it and connect to that inner light which is always there within you. When you sit on the earth and in this case stand in a warrior pose and connect to your light, you can gaze upward towards the sky and remind yourself of how vast you are as well as your inner light. This will give you strength, a little pick me up to keep you on your journey and go after with compassion for what you stand for.
|vintage tunic from India, tights sale http://www.hardtailforever.com/|
What I love about this tunic is it's silky feel. You can see how a gentle May breeze is moving this fabric. Since this tunic has a silky and flowing drape, I'm able to belt it at the waist without it bunching up in a weird way. This gives it shape to look like a mini dress over my yoga tank and tights.
Belt less this tunic is gorgeous as well. Perfect for covering a little moon cycle bloat and my pregnancy last year.
|a gentle Peaceful Warrior|
Getting back to pain and suffering. As a yoga practitioner I do a balanced practice from beginning to end. What I do within my practice to keep myself interested on the mat and to heal whatever is off within my energetic body is- I always have a focus. Sometimes my focus can last for months like my "Bird's Eye View" post while others maybe a few weeks. Currently I'm into the Warrior phase. In earlier posts Gandhi the "Peaceful Warrior" and "Brown Sugar Magnolia" has been an inspiration to practice putting feet on my intentions for this year as well as nature's shift into beautiful weather here in New York City. I'm noticing now I can stand outside and chat with my neighbors, stroll my baby Krishna around more and take in all that being outside can provide us rather than running into door from door off the street because of cold weather.
|Warrior 2 peak at your back arm and give it a little lift|
But the reality here for me is that these pictures were taken by my husband Amit just as we were driving back from seeing my divorce lawyer. I've been divorced for over ten years from my first son's father and there's still wacky stuff going on that I will not post because this is not as bashing site but rather I will post how I feel. Yucky, gewey and gross. You know that storyline in your own life that you run so far away from because it feels like that. You may numb it with food, sex, drugs, alcohol, disguise it behind running laps around the park and taking a lot of yoga classes. My husband Amit Egan Datwani, a spiritual counselor, said to me "You've got to stop saying NUMBASTE and feel, breathe, heal and release to then start saying namaste." He makes me laugh and with jokes the truth always slips out.
He is right on. I've watched a lot of yogis and yoginis including myself over the years spend far to much time focusing on the physical postures, pranayama, repeating mantras, philosophy yet not feeling, breathing, healing and releasing what ails them personally.
Now is the time to feel and heal. If you have been doing the work, keep going because the layers of pain and suffering run deep. If you been running away from your pain and suffering do know that you can't hide it will find you and stop you in your tracks. Try in your yoga physical practice to stand on both feet, feel mother earth's support while the heavens illuminate you and be a warrior who faces your stuff head on.
I believe quite a few more things are in store for all of us that we initially didn't sign up for willingly although our spirit is sure to make us journey through it in order to enter into what many are calling the Golden Age of Light.
To practice standing up and voicing your truth, I've posted in an earlier post "Brown Sugar Magnolia" the precision details of where to put your hands and feet in Warrior 2 pose. In this post I'm going to suggest being the gentle warrior. Soften your stance in this posture above called Peaceful Warrior. Notice how there is a touch of vulnerability while I gently raise my front arm up and release the back arm behind me while I back bend slightly and open my heart center. This warrior is not wimpy. This warrior's gentleness suggests absence of doubt, which means confidence.
There are plenty of warriors out there that have to prove they are right. This is plain old arrogant macho tough guy stuff. Arrogance possesses fear and this is why a compassionate warrior's strength can accomplish far more good and have staying power. The peaceful warrior knows truth will always prevail.
The next time you do warrior postures start with precision, this will help you to slow down your mind and concentrate. Place your hands and feet in their proper alignment for you then add a dose of gentleness. Relax a little. In other words go to your edge as you lunge and hover over the place where you feel the burn and be there. Breathe, notice what comes up, feel it, breathe more and work towards releasing what you've been storing for ages.
|looking at my foundation|
Joan of Arc has been popping into my conciousness as I've been hearing my guidance in writing this post. When I look at this outfit there's a Grecian/Newport Rhode Island/Merlin purple thing going on here. I translate all of these qualities as the Warrior faces emotion symbolized by water-the boat shoes and I need a little bit of Merlin's magic to move through my personal blocks.
Joan had a intense warrior path. When she was a young teenager living in the French countryside she heard voices for several years guiding her to cut her hair short, to wear men's clothes and to petition France's governing officials to be a captain in the armed forces. You can imagine the magic she needed to channel in 1429 to make this happen. Somehow she did it and kept England from taking over France. Her success on the battlefield put Charles VII on the French throne. He honored her publicly in his coronation. A year or so later as she was defending France on the battlefield she was captured by the English and was imprisoned in England. During this time she was tried for witch craft and questioned about wearing pants and having short hair like a man. King Charles VII never came to assist her.
Was it Joan who paved the way for us ladies to wear pants and cut our locks? Unfortunately at the age of only 19 Joan was burned at the stake in an English marketplace. In 1909 she was beatified and in 1920 the Pope named her a Saint. I've read she said her guides, the voices she would hear said "Keep going."
I'm getting my haircut this week. Thanks Joan.