I'll be honest, yoga has been a bit on a vacation in my life right now- one maybe two practices a week. I feel a little like a fraud with the blogs and such, but I know that a yoga will be there in a few weeks when I'm ready to return more consistently.
Funny, but I've been a bit nostalgic during this yoga-less time, daydreaming about practicing, about my favourite poses.
I love feeling like I can fly, even if my face turns red!
I have lots of asanas that I really like, mostly the ones that make me feel strong and powerful. I wonder if we are drawn to those poses that give us what we need or what we wish we were. For example, I have never been a strong or athletic person. While practicing I love the feeling that maybe for a few moments in certain poses I can morph into "strong athletic Lisa"- the one who may have grown up playing sports and such. Not that I don't love artsy fartsy, sensitive non-sport Lisa... I think it's like all of us, we have moments wondering what it would have been like to be a little different.
So my favourite asanas include chaturanga, warrior II, extended side angle, half moon and side plank. Another theme that pops up from this list is postures that stretch out, extend and have room to grow. If we contrast these with my least favourite asanas- reversed triangle, forward folds that compress and go inward I guess I have a pretty clear preference.
Perhaps it has to do with my job, sitting at a desk, crouching down to play with children (I love my job, don't get me wrong). Or maybe it's my personality- it's so much easier to be outward, to extend and reach than it is to be introspective and confront all the little bits of my Self.
The asana that I have longing moments wishing for at random times during the day? Downward dog.... yep an inversion that allows me to stretch out my back and my shoulders and my legs. Love.
What about you? Take a look at your favourite asanas... what might they say about you? If you feel like it's something you're attaching negative emotions, practice taking a few moments of recognition and acceptance. Acceptance does not have to mean stagnation- we will grow further when we know where we are. As cliché'd as that sounds. :)
Blessings to you!
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