About a dozen years ago, my sister and I were working in downtown Indianapolis, and we found a lady who taught gentle flow yoga classes for 45 minutes during the lunch hour. It was only a block away from our building, and it was easy enough we wouldn't get all sweaty, so we signed up.
It was a first time for both of us, and we got lucky with an awesome instructor. One day she was leading us into some warrior poses and said we should imagine ourselves as warrior princesses standing proudly at the top of a mountain, boldly leading the way. And it sounds corny, but for a few minutes I wasn't a scared, newly divorced mother of two struggling to find her way. Instead, I was a warrior princess with no doubts or insecurities. And it felt good.
We often hear women talk about finding their inner goddess, and that is a nice thought, but I am not really sure what it means. The Internet was not much help this time. I searched "what does it mean to find inner goddess" and was rewarded with 3.8 million hits. My two favorite hits were at wikihow.com, where you could find your inner goddess in four easy steps with pictures, and psychicsuniverse.com, with various articles about how to find and release your inner goddess. For some reason, I am not inclined to find and release my inner anything. It sounds too much like fishing, where you catch and release.
See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.