Stand tall with your legs bent and your feet pointing out. Raise your arms as goal posts, hands up with palms facing forward. Stand straight and strong from the torso while grounding the legs. This is the yoga pose of the goddess.
Each time we assume the pose of the goddess we evoke the sacred feminine. From our yoga mats, we are able to access both our inner goddess and the goddess without, for she holds both places. Deep within us the inner goddess is strength, resilience and love. She represents our better selves and offers us the key to balance in an unbalanced world and we can draw upon her ancient wisdom to inform the shape of our modernity.
The strife filling our headlines can be seen as the product of a great unbalance. Thousands of years ago there was a huge shift from the life-giving civilization of the goddess to the war-like impulses of a new, masculine deity. As the sacred feminine was suppressed by patriarchy, the crucial balance of male/female power was corrupted. The loss of the sacred feminine is what makes war, genocide and environmental degradation possible. The solution to those problems can be found in our own memories as we reconnect to goddess.
Breathe into the pose and remember.
The sacred feminine has always been with us, she is our first mother. She was with us in the cave as we found our earliest humanity, she is the bloated stone statue from the Neolithic ice found by the modern archaeologist. She held sway over the cave in a mythic time that has left us evidence of goddess worship with correspondingly scant evidence of warfare. She is the giver and nurturer of life, a force of regeneration. She is in the fields and the sea, she is in the fecundity of man and beast. She is of the cool moon, shown growing in sickle form as maiden, in round fullness as mother, and waning again in the ancient and wise aspect of crone. As the infant’s mother is all, the ancient mother was all to humanity.
Each time we conjure the goddess on our yoga mats, a little more of the sacred feminine is thrown into the balance. Enough energy from the sacred feminine could counter the male aspect, rendering it less violent and destructive. Simultaneously, the male aspect must also be retained, because while in exaggerated form it guarantees our ultimate demise, in tempered form it is crucial to our survival. It contributes the drive and adventure, the striving and inventiveness that moves us forward.
Assuming goddess pose is something we can do at any time to draw upon our own strength and to lend strength to others. She is there, she gives freely, and she has never been fully eclipsed because she is an integral part of the whole. Our yoga mats do not return us to a mythical time in prehistory, rather they allow us to reconnect to an ancient aspect of ourselves that offers the crucial balance we need to bring forward to rebalance the present.