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“The word focus, according to Webster’s dictionary, means ‘to concentrate’ or ‘direct’. Energy is defined as ‘available power’. When we put these two words together, notice how empowering it is to ‘direct your available power’ towards your intentions and goals. Yoga, meaning ‘union’ or’ integration’, is exactly what we do when we ‘concentrate our available power’. More than physical postures, yoga is a way of life in which we choose empowerment through our own choices, whether they are physical activities, emotion- al responses, or mental thoughts. Either way, yoga is an expression of our focused energy.” – Bliss Wood – Empowering your Life with Yoga.


If you have ever held the Warrior pose, felt your legs burn, felt your arms ache… then you have experienced the qualities of strength, courage and internal power. Being able to hold the stance, keeping focus and yet integrating surrender and grace into the pose, are the challenges we all face when dealing with strong stand- ing postures.


Yoga is a reflection on our daily life. By concentrating our energy on our Yoga practice and developing our inner strength on our Yoga mat, we can then take our wisdom, knowledge and strength and apply it to our Life.


Examples of postures that enhance our personal pow- er centre are Virabhadrasana (Warrior I, II, III), Triko- nasana (Triangle Pose) and Navasana (Boat Pose). All three of these postures elevate your sense of self, build strength on a physical level, as well as inner strength and create discipline. As we gain the strength & stam- ina in these postures and breathe deeply and evenly, we learn to hold these Asanas for longer periods of time without feeling fatigued.


In Virabhadrasana II our front leg is bent, back leg straight but our weight is even between both legs. Our arms are strong and out to the sides but our shoulders are relaxed and soft. So although this posture is about


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