Control of Prana, the knowledge of breath, extension and control of breath
Prana = live itself or consciousness, breath, breathing, vitality, wind, energy, strength or soul as contrast to the body, part of the cosmic breath, „which is continuous everywhere“
Ayama = to strech, extend, expand, lengthen, length as well as restrech
Shava or Mitra = corpse
„In this asana, a dead person is imitated. Once life is exhaled, the body remains motionless. If you lie motionless for some time and your thoughts remain still, although you are fully conscious, you learn to relax. This conscious relaxation strengthens and refreshes the body and mind.“
Soldier I + II + III – Virabhadrasana
This position is dedicated to the big hero, which Shiva created of his curly hair.
Once Daksha was celebrating a sacrificial, but he didn’t invite neither his daughter nor her husband Shiva, the highest of all gods. However Sati, Dakshas daughter went to the fest. But because she got insulted and humiliated, she was throwing herself into the fire and burned to death.
When Shiva heard about it, he felt challenged, riped off one of his curly hair and through it on the ground. A great hero, Virabhadra, raised and awaiting his orders. He was told to guide Shivas army to Dakshas sacrificial and disturb them.
Viradhadra and his army emerged at the sacrifical as a tornado, destroying the fest, vanquished the other gods and priests and beheaded Daksha.
Shiva, in grieve over the death of Sati abalienated and immersed in meditation.
Sati was reborn as Umi in the house of Himalaya. Once more she found Shivas love and due to her effort she gained his heart.
This story comes from the poetry of Kumara Sambhava (Birth of God of War) of Kalidasa.
Sukha – the ability to keep a position without effort
„A mindset we feel as comfortable to be able to observer our selfs. (…) Being attentive and relaxed and therefore being able to see everything clear.“