Recently I was asked what my favourite yoga pose was and I really had to stop and think…after a moment I realised that I actually didn’t have just one favourite, it all depends on what kind of day I have had, what I think my body needs and if I am up for a challenge or just a good stretch.
When I have been bent over a computer at work all day and not moving enough I enjoy doing a variation of http://www.yogadancer.com/Pattra/Gomukhasana.shtml#Prep.Usually I do this from a standing position, just to open up the shoulder blades and get some energy and movement happening again. Another posture that helps is the Downward Facing Dog pose http://www.yogajournal.com/poses/491 which works into the shoulder blades and stretches the calf muscles and spine at the same time.
If my hips and lower back feel tight then a series of lunges feels just right http://www.yogajournal.com/poses/2494
To work on my core and tighten and strengthen my belly I do an assortment of postures that incorporate the boat pose http://www.yogajournal.com/poses/489
If I just want to have a good overall stretch and some fun with it, I usually go for one of my vinyasa (sequence) flows. An example of a vinyasa flow is Surya Namaskar (Salute to the Sun) http://www.yogajournal.com/practice/1040 there are literally many, many variations of this group of flowing postures, but all of them are a great tonic for the whole body and mind.
When I have time to do some intensive practice I often pick something that I am not so good at and work on it over a period of time, until I master it, such as the Crane Pose http://www.yogajournal.com/poses/468
Well I could go on, but I hope you are getting the right impression that yoga is not a static thing and one of its great advantages is that it can be used as a tool to help you no matter what is happening in your life at any time. This brings me to Meditation, try some of these http://www.yogajournal.com/poses/finder/browse_categories/p_meditation
What are your favourite postures? I would love to hear from you.