If you haven’t seen this TED video talk by Amy Purdy who lost her legs and went on to become a professional snowboarder, grab some tissues and get ready to rethink the limits you tell yourself you have.
According to Chinese tradition, 2012 is the year of the dragon. While most western myth depicts the dragon as a fire breathing beast to be feared, eastern traditions revered the creature. In fact, in Chinese culture, the dragon symbolizes power, wisdom and fortune and is regarded as a divine beast. I’ve always felt a connection with the mystical, winged, serpent. There’s an alluring freedom, strength, and creative spark that the awakened dragon flames to life.
I had the absolute pleasure of attending an intensive weekend yoga workshop by Sean Tebor of Dragon Tree Yoga Center in Santa Fe, entitled, “Waking the Dragon.” Through a series of non traditional asanas (poses) that harmonized yoga, creativity, and even some martial arts, we awakened our “dragonian” spines from the tips of our “tails” to our heart centers. Like a dragon born of fire, I emerged from the experience feeling supremely balanced. Fluid yet grounded. Energized, but relaxed. But, most of all I awakened with a renewed purity of mind and heart.
In this four-part series, I’ll examine the connections between four specific poses (asanas) and their chakra correspondences. I’ll also dive into the physical and emotional benefits of the pose, and what it means if you love the pose or hate it. First up, Virabhadrasana.
You’re in downward facing dog (adho mukha svanasana) and you’re teacher cues you to extend your right leg out behind you toward the ceiling, and to swing it through to a high runner’s lunge. “Yay, here it comes,” you think to yourself.
Ground your back foot, engage your core, and rise up to standing; extending your arms proudly to the sky — warrior I (virabhadrasana I). You sink into the pose, with your heart wide open, your chin held high, and the stability of a mighty warrior.