The Yoga of Earth Day: try Warrior Pose.

Via Brooks Hall
on Apr 16, 2011
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Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.
~Khalil Gibran

Warrior 2 Pose

Feet broaden to embrace the ground under them; earth returns the affection. Legs are strong, pulling the stability up from the center of the world.

The arms and bent leg thigh are in line with the horizon, describing earth. The body both perceives and communicates. Arms reach so much that shoulders widen, and chest and upper back stretches.

Legs extend from right to left and from left to right. The bent leg inner thigh extends from the groin towards and beyond the inner knee—a mad extension. The straight leg is filled with muscular strength and stability on the inner and outer leg, connecting to the broadening foot. Legs are strongly extending both leftward and rightward, broadening across the pelvis. Tailbone draws toward earth, lengthening the back of the lumbar spine. Inner-body lifts from the base of the pelvis up the front of the spine through the crown of the head.

Warrior Two stretches the body wide in alignment and connection with earth, attuning one’s will with forces that will move earthly situations. Focusing the sight for targeted force and unstoppable action.

This broadening and stretching of the body in line with our sacred earth extends consciousness similarly, broadening our capacity to understand. This horizontal reach welcomes our acceptance of all things, the gamut of experience from things we have loved to those things most detested. Our heart space is opened from side to side to love every grace and awkwardness of our selves, and expanded to open compassion for those we love openly and those for whom we restrain our love.

In this enlarged space I can joyfully accept the breadth of experience in life, and direct my physical energy to align with my capacity for powerful action in service of my best self.

I am large enough, my heart-space is huge and big enough to see the things I might be avoiding; I am compassionate enough to see my reality and step into action. I can do this.

Everything I need to do, I can do.

* Earth Day blessings from Yogic Muse *


About Brooks Hall

Brooks Hall is a Yogic Muse from Chicago, Illinois. In this capacity she teaches Yoga, writes about Yoga, and generally enjoys it. You can find her at:


8 Responses to “The Yoga of Earth Day: try Warrior Pose.”

  1. Love this, Brooks. Warrior Pose is part of my daily routine, and it will never be quite the same again.

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    Bob W.
    Yoga Editor

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  3. tanya lee markul says:

    This is beautiful!! I love the opening quote and your last line – magical and timely. Thank you so much!!! Everything I need to do, I can do… this.

  4. I am bowing to you, this is so warriorlicious! _/ll_

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  6. drbinder says:

    I don't know if this is yoga or poetry, but IT IS Beautiful… and i wanna do it!

    Like Bob said, "warrior will never be the same."

  7. Brooks_Hall says:

    Thanks, everybody! Happy Earth Day!