I have a lot of “favorite” yoga poses, so finding the top 3 is kinda difficult. Further, it depends on my mood and the condition of my body at the time of my practice. For now, the following are my top 3 favorite poses:
3. Warrior 3
As with any warrior pose, this is a powerful asana. Just looking at a it, you can already feel the strength required to maintain this pose. Further, high degree of focus and balance are necessary to stay in this pose. Breathing deeply helps.
2. Four-limbed staff pose
I wouldn’t have thought that this will reach the top 3 of my list. This is one of the most challenging foundation poses for me because when I started yoga, I had very weak arms and chest. I couldn’t do this pose without collapsing on my belly. I could not even do the modified version properly (with knees down). Even now, I still struggle with this full pose, particularly when I get tired from a strong vinyasa. Perhaps precisely because this is a difficult pose for me, I find fulfillment in doing it properly. For me, this pose represents strength and perseverance.
1. Downward-facing dog and Child’s Pose (Tie)
My favorite style of yoga is Vinyasa and downward dog and child’s poses are great for resting in between active sequences. Although downward-facing dog is an active pose in itself, it provides an opportunity for catching one’s breath after a particularly vigorous flow. Child’s pose is my pose of choice whenever I feel I cannot continue a particular sequence or if a pose is too difficult for me. This is my favorite pose because it represents self-acceptance and helps me from getting injured. Never mind if the student next to me is in a head stand or an advanced arm balance while I resort to child’s pose. What is important is that I listen to my body and understand what it needs.
How about you, what is your favorite yoga pose? Please vote!