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Which Yoga Pose Are You?

A great yoga teacher ones asked me: “If you were a yoga pose, what yoga pose would you be?”

At first it seemed like a simple question. Then it felt like an extremely difficult one.

And months later this question is still stuck with me.

I believe that the pose you choose is a sign of your character. It shows much more than you think it does. Your yoga pose is you – it mirrors who you are.

My Safe Haven Pose

Which yoga pose are you? My answer – at the time – was a wide-legged seated forward fold.

It makes me feel safe. I can close myself completely, being alone, away from the rest of the world.

This pose is my safe haven. I can go deep into it, putting my chest on the floor in front of me. It is just me and my yoga mat.

That is what I am good at. I’m good at being alone. I’m good at making sure I’m safe. I’m good at closing myself off to the rest of the world.

Which yoga pose you choose will show your personality. Are you opening up? Are you bending forward? Are you standing on your hands? Are you doing the splits?

Whatever you choose – that is you!

Becoming a New Pose

That is, at that particular time. Because, like I think most of you know, we are always changing in our yoga practice.

I do not see myself in a wide-legged seated forward fold forever.

No, I have a dream. In my vision my pose is the bird of paradise. It is open; it is powerful; and it is not afraid of getting hurt. It is ready to take on challenges; it is conquering the world!

And slowly I am moving closer. I am practicing, both in mind and body. I know where I want to go.

Where do you want to go?

 

My bird just hasn´t learned how to fly just yet...

My bird just hasn’t learned how to fly just yet…

Which yoga pose are you? Which yoga pose do you want to be?

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4 Comments

  1. Megan Reddix

    Megan Reddix

    October 5, 2016 at 9:20 am

    I love this! Such a deep and meaningful question, and I love that you have chosen a wide legged forward fold as your pose!
    My pose is a supported headstand. I lace my fingers together at the back of my head and slowly lift my legs in a long line of motion. I find unity in my body when I move into my headstand. I feel strong and stable here. I can close my eyes and shut off the sounds of everything accept my own breath. Strangely enough, I feel more balanced when my world is flipped upside down. I enjoy standing out just a little. I like to be different enough, just enough to make a difference in the lives of others. I am still standing, but instead of standing on my feet, I stand on my head. I see myself still in a little shell here. Able to disappear for a moment.
    Like you, I don’t see myself in this pose forever. In the future, I see myself in a handstand. Still flipped upside down. Still different. But in handstand I can walk. I can move and make a difference as I move. Right now I’m stable and still in my headstand. The only movement is in my legs overhead, but I cannot make any distance. In handstand, I can create a path and walk upon it.

    Thank you for spurring this question!

    1. Pála Margrét

      Pála Margrét

      October 7, 2016 at 5:59 am

      That´s such a great pose Megan! I totally agree, choosing my pose was very difficult – and supported headstand was a close one as well, how much I love that pose! Thank you for sharing!

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    Becky Lawson

    October 6, 2016 at 9:18 am

    Currently I am happy baby.

    1. Pála Margrét Gunnarsdóttir

      Pála Margrét Gunnarsdóttir

      December 10, 2016 at 11:26 pm

      Happy baby is wonderful 🙂 Are you striving on becoming another pose with more practice? 😉

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