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What Does Your Favorite Yoga Pose Say About You?

What Does Your Favorite Yoga Pose Say About You?

Whether you prefer twists, backbends, or inversions, here’s how your favorite poses can give you valuable insight into your personality.

If you like:

Forward Bends: You prefer to keep your own counsel like a smart ostrich. At those times when life gets overstimulating–too many choices and too much responsibility–forward bends seduce you with the sweet serenity of folding inward and retreating from the world.

Twists: You like to know who and what’s going on around and behind you. You don’t see things in black or white but are stimulated by multi-dimensional situations and are not afraid of tension. Twists are a natural draw for those who find nourishment and joy from connecting to people and places while staying firmly grounded.

Backbends: You find it refreshing to reverse the typical schlump of desk, car or depression. It feels good to rest your soft, open front on your confident, flexible spine and take in a big breath. Turning yourself inside out is quite extra-ordinary! For shy types this is scary and a true victory. For extroverts, it’s a natural as a sensuous morning stretch.

Balancing on One Leg: You are more curious about precision than perfection. For you, nothing is more fun than figuring out how to sway like a tree and still stay upright. You don’t even mind falling over because you always get back up and try again, understanding that is truly the heart of practice anyway.

Inversions: You’ve learned to include fears in the mix of a total experience. Perhaps you’ve started to blur the distinction between upside down and right side up, allowing for a vibrant sense of nowness wherever or however you are. Creative types who see things from all sides are drawn to inversions and so are those of us who just like to shake things up!

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By Cyndi Lee, Natural Solutions magazine

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5:50AM PST on Jan 6, 2009

I was bit septical but in fact I admit.....
now I know why I stand on one leg so often.
my whole kive is a work in progress,
as you say not about getting there but about trying to feel the windblows, fascinating

7:47AM PST on Jan 3, 2009

To Amy W.:-) I started off with videos from Target/Wal*Mart. Then I bought a slip proof matt, found a serviceble old belt that I wasn't using anymore, & a water bottle. That was how I started out with yoga. It's great that your husband is curious about yoga, you have a partner. It is a lot of self-discipline to practice yoga at home, but if you have a great's a lot easier. Just turn off the phones, the laundry isn't going anyplace. Jeanette L.

9:17PM PST on Jan 2, 2009

Haven't tried yoga yet, but don't have the money for a group. My husband keeps veering in this direction but don't want to do something improperly. Any ideas for FREE yoga experinces?
Thank you Robyn for the great article!

4:27PM PST on Jan 2, 2009

Sometimes Yoga prose is just as good as a yoga pose lime in verbal sumo wrestling!!!

12:38PM PST on Jan 2, 2009

this is too funny-both descriptions sound EXACTLY like me!!!

9:17AM PST on Jan 2, 2009

Happy, Healthy New Year!

9:03AM PST on Jan 2, 2009

What a fun article. I forwarded it all my yoga friends.

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