It is that time of year again...where I spend a lot of my time in the kitchen. As much as I love the new studio, the kitchen will always be my favorite place. I love being in that warm, bright space on dark, gray days. I love the heat and the smells and having tasks to do. Don't let me mislead you. I am not a great cook. I can cook about five things really, really well. The wonderful husband is the chef. Seriously. I have a sweet yoga studio and a husband who is an amazing cook. Life is rough.
Back to the kitchen. In the fall and winter in the kitchen is when I get to watch Ted Talks. This weekend while baking five batches of brownies, I was fascinated by this talk by Amy Cuddy:
If you don't want to watch the whole thing, here is a very brief summary. Body language can change the way your life unfolds. If you do a classically "powerful" pose for a couple of minutes before an interview or a presentation, you will manifest (maybe not the best word) that power. Think of arms in a victory "V". As we sit hunched over our phones, computers, and iPads, that small posture could be translating deeper in our lives. Not just bad posture and an ouchy back. But taking up less space and feeling less powerful.
In her experiments, Amy had two different groups of people. One group did "small" poses for two minutes before an interview and one group did "powerful" poses before and interview. They interviewed with people who gave zero, zilch, nada feedback and the interview was taped without sound. They then showed the soundless videos and asked people who they would hire. Overwhelmingly it was the "powerful" pose group.
Amy also talks a lot about "fake it til you make it". Practice that powerful pose like it is totally true (even if it isn't) and eventually it will become true. You will become powerful.
Also important to note, she talked about self perception. These experiements aren't how people percieve you, they are how you percieve yourself.
What does this have to do with Warrior I?
There are a lot of powerful poses in yoga. But, in my mind Warrior I really fits that "arms in a v victory" pose.
So, we know that yoga makes us feel good. Are we cultivating something way, way deeper? We are turning ourselves from the hunched, small creature to the standing tall yogi in a very real way in the body, but is it extending beyond that? After you do Warrior I five times in a class or your own practice, do you hit that presentation out of the park? Do you feel powerful? Will it change the way your life unfolds?