A few years ago as I was walking through the Japanese Gardens in Oregon and had this sudden urge to move into warrior 1 pose. When I reflect back at that moment, I realize how simplistic yet powerful warrior 1 is. The front leg activates earth energy of Ganesha so we can remove the obstacles imposed upon self and better understand the energy of the heavens. This pose reminds us to surrender the ego and give to the Divine essence of our being. The virtuous warrior that enters our life through this pose propels us towards our life mission and purpose. The next time you move into warrior 1, think about where you are holding back in your life and sink deeper into the pose to release it.