The essence of finding yourself is going through the hardship, getting out of your comfort zone concept, dealing with adversity, deal with your insecurities, deal with the chips on your shoulder. The fundamental of growth is moving the mud aside, uncovering to the surface, seeking the sun light, rising above, send your roots deep down in the search of water, the deeper your roots the stronger your trunk, your core (hence lots of core strength are recommended, it gives you guts, courage). On yoga planting your feet (analogy of having roots) and raising your head and shoulders, stretching your spine (analogy of rising above and seeking the sun light, seeking the source of higher level of life) is the essence of growth. In order for the process to unravel you need to seek discomfort that’s were growth happens.
The story of Simorgh is about Morgh of the world (birds) deciding to elect a king for themselves, who hear about a mythical Morgh (bird) called Simorgh (much like the phenix), a winged creature in the shape of a bird, gigantic enough to carry off an elephant or a whale. It appears as a peacock with the head of a dog and the claws of a lion – sometimes, however, also with a human face. It had beautiful colourful feathers and an extremely long tail. Some legend had it that Simorgh was a fire breathing bird that lived. It was said that Simorgh was so old that it had seen the destruction of the world three times over. The simurgh was considered to purify the land and waters and hence bestow fertility. The creature represented the union between the Earth and the sky, (the analogies of connection between mind and body) serving as mediator and messenger between the two.
So this flock of 100 or so birds led by hoopoe decide to go and find Simorgh, their king (the better version of themselves). They go through the hottest deserts, climb up tallest mountains, swim through deepest seas, few of them die, few of them turn around and only 30 survive and finally get to Simorgh habitat but what they find there is nothing but their own reflections in the lake. The meaning of the story is the essence of all spiritual and religious teachings, that you are the creator of your own heaven and hell, that you are yourown king and queen within yourselves, that you already have all the power within you, just like the seed that has the tallest tree within itself, all you need to do is to uncover it. For that you need to go through the hardships, you need to survive the adversaries, you need to become the Simorgh, because Simorgh is not outside of you, but it lives right within you.