My Favorite Asanas And What They Have Taught Me
The beauty of many years of practice will bring you to a forever evolving meaning of each asana that is studied. In the very beginning, not much connection for me was made holding the pose and or flowing through them. Looking back I can recall having almost a disconnect with my body at times and I'm sure my way of dealing with stress back then was the cause of it. It was as though I was carrying around a body that was separate and not whole. I understand why, because at that time, If I connected, well then, I would have to feel... I would be feeling all the pain and sorrow that I had stuffed into every nook and cranny of a body that felt so deeply.
It was only when I took the time through my teacher training to reconnect with a body that was begging to be whole again, then I could begin to learn from it.
My Top Five Asanas Right Now
- Upward Facing Dog - This pose has taught me to keep an open heart that has grieved so deeply and yet still wants to love even with the fear of loss and it teaches me to practice ahimsa (non-harm) with my neck that has an old injury as opposed to the ego that wants to drop my head back just for show.
- Eagle Pose - I call this pose in class "life". Eagle for me is the pose of life, because it involves many twist and turns, begging you to stay focused and hold your shit together. The beauty of this pose is when you fall out of it, just like in life, pause and come right back to it.
- Child's Pose - The sweet reward of surrender. I love how this pose puts you so close to the earth with your heart melting down and your head resting; taking what energy it needs to bring itself back to balance.
- Triangle Pose - I appreciate how my body craves the stretch that I feel in this pose. I've also learned, how to not lean too hard into a prop, but just allow it to support me in a way that doesn't serve as a crutch, but an extension of my body.
- Chaturanga Pose - I've learned to love this pose and it makes me wonder what else in life do I resist, that I might learn to love. This pose has taught me about the rewards of being consistent in my practice.
What poses do you love and why? Please comment down below, I'd love to hear from you.