In the hero’s journey we are called to go on an adventure, are ultimately victorious in a decisive crisis and then come back home changed or transformed in some way – usually on the inside. It’s time to reflect on all that’s happened and all that we’ve learned, or all that is happening and all that we are learning. Embrace the acceleration of your soul’s path here on Earth (card by Alison DeNicola). Numerological meaning of 36: 3+6=9 – completion but not finality. One cycle ends, and the potential for another cycle begins. This my friends, is the transformation that delivers us into a new reality, whether we like it or not. Even a difficult road can lead to a beautiful destination.
If you feel like you’ve just ended a cycle or feel like you’re beginning a new one, try Hero Pose – Virasana. Take a moment to stop before you start or reflect on the other side (or even in the middle) of your journey. I often begin a yoga class in a pose like this, but I personally enjoy it much more with the use of props – a yoga block or a yoga bolster. Make sure that you have the support you need (literally or figuratively).
Hero pose is a balm to weary legs after a long journey. It is also an alternative to cross leg seated poses like easy pose or lotus. It stretches the thighs, knees and ankles and strengthens the arches. It can also be therapeutic for high blood pressure.
Watch this video on Hero Pose: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSsN6PBauPk
There are several variations on this pose. Find the one that works best for you. Close your eyes, connect to your breath and stay in the pose for as long as you like.