The Modern Urban Warrior Series – Part 1

This series explores the connection between the Warrior yoga postures and ourselves as modern urban warriors.

Each one of us who lives in a metropolitan city is a modern urban warrior.

What are the key qualities of such a warrior? This note focuses on some of the qualities of such a modern urban warrior and explores them further in the context the warrior yoga postures.

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Part 1: Strength, skill and courage 

The modern urban warrior needs to be strong both mentally and physically, skilful in their chosen vocation and courageously face the fast pace of life in metropolitan jungle.


Warrior 1 : Virabhadrasana 1

The Warrior 1 posture demonstrates these qualities.


You need to have skill to be able to position the knee above heel-ankle and not let it roll in nor out. You need strength to lift the arms above the head as you’re working against gravity. You need to keep the chest open and have the strength to ‘take’ the metaphorical arrows. These arrows may be those fired by the world eg harsh words said to you; or internally created, eg anger, frustration.

The warrior remains calm and collected whilst holding the Warrior 1 pose.  So must we in our daily routines show these qualities, recalling how we are able to show the same qualities on the mat.