The planet Mars is associated with the Roman god of the same name and the Greek god Ares in both cultures representing the god of war. However the perception of each of these gods was very different. In Greece, Ares was disliked as he had a horrible temper. His personal servants were named Deimos (Fear), Phobus (Fright) and Eris (Spite). He was hardly ever victorious in battle and constantly made
to look silly by the other gods. By contrast, the Roman god Mars was respected and honoured. He was worshiped by the Romans not only as the god of war, but also the god of Spring, fertility and vegetation. His companions in battle were Honus (Honour) and Virtus (Virtue). Both the Greek and Roman versions of Mars are two aspects of aggression. Mars can represent brute force, blind range, impatience and recklessness, but as we recognize these aspects and are able to take a sort of spectator view of them within ourselves, they can turn into the positive impulse to comprehend and master the external world. is is the drive to express ourselves, the same power that impels a seed to germinate. Mars enables us to achieve independence, gives us the ability to stand our own ground and make choices which are self-directing. Provides us the impetus to learn new skills and is the basis for life achievement.
“Be kind to the king,
and those who are not,
be trustworthy to the trustworthy, and those who are not,
Be simple and smile, Like a child!”
While sitting, focus on the lowest part of the spine at your sacrum and rock forward and back. Keep the chest out as though riding a horse. Do short rapid re breath through the nose. A er three minutes, inhale deep and hold but keep rocking as long as is comfort- able. en exhale out and apply the Maha Bandh. Hold as long as comfortable. en inhale and relax.
Slouch your shoulders forward, drop the chin and chest down. Exhale. As you inhale raise the chin high chest up shoulders back. Focus on exing the middle of your back. Do up to 3 minutes, then inhale and apply Maha Bandh. Hold momentarily. Exhale apply Maha Bandh with the air held out. Hold while comfortable. en, Relax.
Assume the doggy, hands and knees on oor posi- tion. is is called Cat and Cow Pose. Inhale chin up while arching the lower back downward (swayback cow). Exhale reverse by humping the spine upward (cat). Do slow and easy with a deep breath. Focus on the exing of the entire spine. Increase the rhythm a er just a minute, and on the third minute do it as powerfully and fast as is comfortable. Now inhale and hold arching up. Apply Maha Bandh and then exhale and apply it again with the air out.
Lie on your back so the spine will remain warm and relax completely