What is my Favourite Yoga Pose?

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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.

Namaste

Judy (Jayadhara)

Thanks to Yoga Journal http://www.yogajournal.com  and Yoga Dancer http://www.yogadancer.com for links to images.

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About jayadhara

I have been teaching yoga for the past eleven years and unlike a lot of teachers, have explored many traditions and yogic philosophies, so my practice and teaching is like a living organism. I wish I could say I was a breathy-voiced, calm yoga teacher who remains serene regardless of life's dramas, but that's not true. I get mad in the traffic, I get stressed sometimes at work and I have normal bump and grind relationships with people. The only difference is that since finding yoga I have many tools at my disposal to help me through life's little ups and downs. This blog I hope will record my thoughts about different yoga-related stuff that I would like to share hopefully get to interact with other life travellers :-)

4 responses »

    • Yoga is great for releasing stored tension in your muscles and freeing the mind from stress. I would recommend Yoga Nidra, a practice which involves deep relaxation that I include at the end of my classes to really work on clearing and refreshing the mind. A good yoga class should be about working the body physically, mentally and emotionally so that you are treating the whole person in every aspect of the life experience 🙂

    • My next actual class is tonight (Wed 13th) but the class is full…Our workshop is coming up on 10 March in Sun Valley and the next six week course starts in probably in June…Would you be interested in putting your name down for the next course? You are also very welcome to come to the workshop 🙂

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