As the Sun travels through the warrior Aries it is pushing us to be more assertive and to get things done. Our impulses now may lead us to start new projects, to shrug off negative self-talk and to go for gold. Aries is energetic, competitive and motivated. We can use this energy to bring us closer to our aspirations and goals. This is an excellent time to begin new and bold projects. The challenge is to stay disciplined, to persevere and to stay on course keeping our higher purpose in sight.
An effective way to cultivate the confidence and courage needed to action new and challenging projects is to embody vira rasa in our asana practice. Vira in sanskrit means hero and rasa is the essence of human emotion. Vira energy stimulates our inner fire, concentration and potential, it allows us to explore our inner power and dignity.
Evoking vira rasa on the mat helps us to get in touch with our inner warrior and gives us the confidence to step outside our comfort zone. The vira rasa is awakened in poses that involve alignment, strength and flexibility. We use this in Vinyasa flow with sequencing that focuses on concentration, sustains power through alignment and challenges our potential strength and stability. Asanas which most strongly awaken our vira rasa include Virabhadrasana 1, 2 and 3 (warrior poses), Virasana (hero pose), all arm balances and standing balances.
“The willingness to practice at all is a form of bravery. Practice courage in these small ways on the mat and it will be there for you when you need it most” - Marianne Elliott