Embracing the Warrior Within

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Posted by Carma | Posted in Emotions, Exercise, Mindset | Posted on 08-06-2010 | See all posts

Weight: 228.4lbs
WiiFit Age: 31

When I first started toying around with Yoga a few years ago, I fell in love with the Warrior Pose. It started with Kathy Smith’s Personal Trainer DVD. The routine was challenging for me but I loved the way the Warrior post felt.

Later I also tried out Yoga Zone’s DVDs and eventually got Suzanne Deason’s Yoga Conditioning for Weight Loss DVD.

Each and every time I came upon the Warrior pose … in any of it’s three variations … I was smitten.

One of the yoga poses that is part of the WiiFit and WiiFit Plus programs is the Warrior II post. I make sure I do that one at least once a day.

When I am fully focused in the pose, I feel powerful … like I can accomplish anything I set my mind to. I feel like I am poised, I am strong, I am ready and capable to take on any challenge that comes my way.

Interestingly enough, the pose has a somewhat violent origin. It comes from scenes in as story about Shiva’s vengeance on his wife’s death. You can read about it here.

That said, as much as I’m a non-violent person, I do understand the pure physical power that can come from warrior training. Which reminds me of a conversation I had with Jack Hoban, who is both a respected martial arts practitioner and a leadership speaker. He told me about the concept of being an ethical warrior … be protector first, only resorting to violence when more peaceful tactics don’t work. Basically, “the Ethical Warrior protects and defends his life, the life of others, and all life if possible.”

Maintaining a healthy body is a holistic undertaking … requiring focus on body, mind and soul. That’s why I really like the approach taken with the I Create My Body program. It helps you cultivate the mindset that naturally and easily sets you on the path to doing all the right things for your body. Within a week or so of starting the program I already noticed a shift in my food cravings … and I hadn’t even tried to do that.

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