Archetype

The mature Warrior

Since time immemorial, cultures have created Warrior archetypes in society to fulfill several important roles. They are the protectors and strategists and give a positive relationship to discipline.

The ancient Samurai of Japan give us a great example of the positive qualities of the warrior guiding us towards a respectful way of engaging in fighting and battle.

The immature Warrior

When the warrior is neglected or abused, it is possible to become detached from emotions and human relationships. Losing compassion and the great art of being a warrior, men can become cruel and heartless. With modern ‘warfare’ and over-protective parenting, we have lost some of the warrior fighting spirit and it is important that men call this part of their being into action to maintain a sense of loyalty to things that are really worth fighting for.

The Warrior in modern daily life

We can be bit cliché here and suggest watching some movies about great warriors (Seven Samurai {the original!}, Last of the Mohicans, Braveheart, etc…). Also be conscious of how you engage with others. Hold your ground, state your preferences clearly and build a positive relationship to discipline.

Also, take note of these body, mind and soul tips:

BODY

  • Do something tough and physical... outside of the comfort zone!
  • daily pushups / crunches / pull-ups or go for a run 2 – 3 times. How about a long hike or even something more potent: Take a kick boxing class or go to the gym and lift some weights, or do a boot camp video on YouTube ?!

MIND

  • Be Decisive
  • Do something daily that scares you

SOUL

  • Find your core values and commit to holding them as a purpose in your life

The Warrior on the mat

  • Be in total concentration for as much of your practice as possible. Every movement, every breath, every moment.
  • Find new ways to cultivate inner & outer strength…. a few extra chatturangas, holding poses a few extra breaths without agitating the nervous system, etc…

POSES: Warrior 1,2,3… of course!

The Warrior

The Warrior can manifest as many superheroes, sports players, and soldiers. His narrative is well-known. He only wants to prove his worth, and return home to his ordinary world. However, he is often forced into action by external forces, good or bad. Once the Warrior has taken on his task, he is focused, and will fight for only what really matters.Let's explore how to be more connected to the protector, disciplinarian and decision maker.