Who Is The Warrior?

The Practice, created by Nikki Costello, was developed as an opportunity for teachers and students to dig into the different aspects of yoga with an intimate group of peers on a similar quest. Quietly, yet quickly, it gained traction for those searching for something deeper and more substantial in a yogi scene that seems headed in the opposite direction.

This Wednesday, Costello will begin a four-month series of 100 hours examining The Warrior through asana, scriptural study, discussion, and one-on-one private sessions culminating in a five-day treat with scholar Mark McLaughin. Lisa Dawn Angerame sat down with her to find out what it is all about.

Lisa Dawn Angerame: Why did you choose The Warrior focus for this series?

Nikki Costello: When we practice hatha yoga, the warrior poses come again and again, teaching qualities such as strength, endurance, focus, and one-pointedness. I have faced challenges in my life that echo those I have heard my students share. As a teacher, I consider it my duty to look closely at how I have persevered in the face of challenge and The Warrior Practice will further demonstrate the approach, attitudes, and qualities that serve both as my inspiration and guidance. Arjuna was a warrior and the archetype is one that holds steady and perseveres.

LDA: Why do you think it will be relevant now?

NC: I’ve been teaching over 20 years and realize that those qualities stated in the Bhagavad Gita are constantly reinforced. Especially the following of one’s dharma. I’ve read it again and again and always find a reinforcement of the commitment to practice and that practice will yield fruits.

LDA: The text you are using on the Bhagavad Gita was translated by Jnaneshwar Maharaj? Is this t