The full moon today is in Aries and features a Sun/Mercury conjunction in Libra. This aspect is related to fast, feisty and intense emotion which may manifest through the way that we communicate in our personal relationships. This is a good time to use your yoga practice to release any aggressive energies from your mind and body before you impulsively lash out with your words and say something that you may later regret.
Aries is ruled by Mars the god of war so the full moon in this sign may bring out repressed anger which you haven’t been able or willing to process or release. Asana practice is a great antidote to anger as it allows the energy to move through the body. This is a great time to practice all the Virabhadrasana (warrior postures) variations and to explore the archetype of the warrior.
Virabhadrasana teaches us that the real battle is not between us and the outside world (other people and/or circumstances) but rather it is an illusion of the mind which resides within ourselves, it is the perceived battle over the distractions of the body, our emotions, and our thoughts. The warrior postures are intended to develop the inner qualities of the Warrior essential for developing greater personal and spiritual potential.
In yoga mythology Virabhadra was a great warrior created by Shiva, the god of destruction and transformation. When we perform the Virabhadrasanas we are attempting to embody the inner qualities of empowerment, courage, clarity, and non-attachment. When practicing warrior poses allow yourself to feel your inner courage, power and confidence whilst remaining unattached to the outcome of all your efforts.
The lesson of Virabhadrasana is that when we are truly in our power, with the courage to look at everything with clarity of mind and non- attachment, we realize that there is nothing to fight against, we see that the battle is an illusion created by a mind that views the world as being separate from the self. Wars are fought by people only perceiving differences, unable to see the deeper inner truth of our oneness. A true warrior shines from within and recognizes the union (yoga) of all things. A true warrior has nothing to prove and nothing to fight against, they simply are, they shine bright just like the Moon and Mars in the evening sky.
“Warrior pose battles inner weakness and focus. You see that there is no war within you. You are on your own side. You are your own strength” - Krishnamacharya