Yoga helps you stand tall and find the courage in your heart to follow your true path in life. Sometimes yoga is quiet and reflective, and at other times it prompts you to roar like a lion and to defend what you believe in. The reflective side of your yoga practice puts you in touch with what is true for you, whereas the active side of your practice requires you to give voice to that truth—and this is your lion’s roar.
We look to the zodiac sign Leo for the gift of fierce confidence. Regardless of your own Sun sign, working with Leo's energy will help you to connect with your powerful Sun self and to radiate your light out into the world. As we emerge from the pandemic and try to establish a "new normal" we really need people who are empowered to speak up and speak out, to ensure that we make the new normal better than before.
Although we don't know what the long term effects of the covid virus will be, we do know that it will have a massive impact on the way we live our lives. Understandably there is a lot of fear and anxiety about the future, and we can offset some of that by envisioning what we want the future to look like. One positive step we can take, as we begin to emerge from the virus, is to consider how we can go about rebuilding a better world? If you are in touch with your "lion's roar" then you stand a better chance of making your voice heard in this debate!
Here in the UK one of the criticisms of the government's covid policy is that women have been absent from the table, and consequently important issues impacting on our daily lives have been overlooked. So right now it is vitally important that women's voices, worldwide, are heard loud and clear in the debate about what the new post-covid world should look like. As Ursula K Le Guin said in her Bryn Mawr Commencement Address, "When we women offer our experience as our truth, as human truth, all the maps change. There are new mountains."
So how are you going to go about getting in touch with your lion's roar? How are you going to make sure your voice is heard and helps to shape this new and better world? Perhaps being in quarantine you've lost some of your confidence and can't quite imagine yourself roaring like a lion. That's understandable, however, you can harness Leo's energy to help you to regain confidence and to empower you to give voice to your opinions and preferences. And remember, you don’t have to go it alone. At the heart of a lion pride is a closed sisterhood of female adults; they work cooperatively together, both in hunting and looking after their young. When we work collectively with others, we are stronger and can achieve more than when we work alone. So get together with other like minds and roar together in orchestrated chorus!
The gentle discipline that you cultivate through your yoga practice will stand you in good stead in life. Courage is not the absence of fear; it is the judgement that something else is more important. What you say and what you do will shape the new world that is emerging. You can help to rebuild better. So let me hear you roar!
In the Leo-inspired yoga practice in the Yoga by the Stars book, we aim to build fierce, unshakeable confidence, in tandem with a compassionate, loving, heart. The book will be published in December 2020 and is available for pre-order on Amazon.
See also: the Leo Page on this website, the Leo Ram-Yam-Lam Sequence, and the Strength Powered by Love post
Hello, I am Jilly Shipway, the author of Yoga Through the Year, and my forthcoming book Yoga by the Stars. In this Yoga by the Stars blog I will share with you zodiac-inspired yoga insights and inspiration. I also have another blog on my Yoga Through the Year website.