Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Warrior Ready

I did what I set out to do with my Warrior Cool workshop. When it was over I was satisfied. I wasn't ecstatic like 'oh my god I can't believe it'. I had more of a sense of alert accomplishment and calm. I had taken this idea and put it into words AND THEN I brought it into a real-time experience with other people. How cool.

I was well-prepared. I had practiced telling the story to a friend, and I told my rabbits the story of Virabhadra. I also recorded myself a few times, and tried to stop saying "you know" so much. And I also told the story of the warrior that the warrior poses are named after to Kuan Yin, and then to Kuan Yin and Nataraja, together with my flyer for the workshop. It all helped by focusing my attention, giving me context, and reminding me of my intention and purpose. So when it came time to speak, I could do it.

I also had prepared the sequense of poses, and researched and reviewed info on Virabhadrasana One, Two and Three.

And I had practiced in preparation to present this program at Yogaview.

The people showed up, and I was ready.

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Svasti said...

Well done Brooks! Congratulations on achieving your goals, warrior-style with preparation and competence that no doubt made your workshop fantastic for those who participated.

Any chance of a guest post from someone who attended?

YogaforCynics said...

How cool, exactly.

Glad to hear it went well, Brooks!

Bob Weisenberg said...

Hi, Brooks.

Sounds terrific. Wish I could have been there.

Have you considered videotaping it?

Bob Weisenberg

Elize said...

Congrats, Brooks!! :)

Brenda P. said...

Sounds very cool. So why do these three poses get grouped together, aside from the graceful flow you get from moving between them? I've thought about it before and come up with the work of the arms and keeping the chest open, but the legs are so very different...

Did you talk about that, at all?

Brooks Hall said...

Thank's for your comments!

I was inspired by the following sentence from 'Downward Dogs and Warriors' by Zo Newell:

"In the three poses named for Virabhadra, we see a progression from the warrior offering his efforts to his higher power, to one moving dynamically but with control into action"