Eagle NamasDay is an annual initiative facilitated by Team Red, White and Blue to get people, specifically veterans, on a mat and practicing yoga. Eagle NamasDay includes yoga practices hosted by Team RWB Chapters and held at studios/locations throughout the country on December 3rd, 2016.
Yoga anyone? Team RWB isn’t just for runners. It’s about connecting veterans to their community through physical and social activity. Our chapter in Virginia Beach coordinates running events, rock climbing, rappelling, cross-fit, yoga and much much more.
From Team RWB: Eagle NamasDay
“Team RWB has previously developed discipline-specific events, like WOD for Warriors and Eagle Ride Day, which have encouraged Team RWB Chapters to engage with their Teams and the local community over a fun, physical fitness event. Eagle NamasDay is the newest addition and reflects the growth of yoga events in Team RWB Chapters over the past couple years. If your Team is not currently incorporating a yoga practice into its consistent offerings, hopefully Eagle NamasDay will help change that. Yoga has many individual benefits while also providing a healthy and effective mechanism to engage veterans and connect them to their community. In it’s simplest form, Eagle NamasDay seeks to get as many Team RWB Eagles on a mat and practicing yoga. It is our hope that this event/initiative will lead to more consistent yoga events in Team RWB Chapters across the country.
Given the broad variety of yoga schools, practices, and goals, Eagle NamasDay is not intended to be overly prescriptive. Each event/practice that takes place across the country will be different in its content, postures, and flow. That said, we recommend incorporating the following into your local practice, or if you’re working with a local yoga studio, you could ask the instructor to consider adding the following to that day’s practice:
- Virabhadrasana 1 (Warrior 1) – The posture exemplifies strength and balance (fierce grace). As we practice Warrior 1 we open our hearts and develop courage, increasing our body awareness and depth perception.
- Baddha Virabhadrasana (Humble Warrior) – The posture demonstrates our true willingness to serve. As we bow in grace and humility. This forward bend creates inner focus.
- Garudasana (Eagle) – The challenge of Eagle is both internal and external, a powerful balancing posture, combined with a double twisting action of our limbs. Eagle requires present moment acceptance with the flowing of our energy and persistence.
- Seated Meditation – Taking this time to be present and connect to all that there is allows for us to let go of the day-to-day conflicts one breath at a time. “