The practice of yoga is centered on achieving enlightenment and improving one’s health and wellness, yet you can’t help but do a tiny celebratory dance when the instructor does your favorite pose. It’s OK, we all have favorites—even the team here at HealingRadius. Check out our most-loved yoga poses, and then pick your own and find out what it says about your personality!
Jana Downs’ Favorite: Warrior 2 (Virabhadra II)
Jana, one of our content writers, recently joined a local yoga studio and fell in love with the practice. She says that yoga makes her body feel more rejuvenated and enjoys the feeling of restoration that it brings.
Her favorite yoga pose is Warrior II, also known as Virabhadra II. Her reason is the empowering feeling it gives her.
Achieve Virabhadra II by starting in Mountain Pose. Lightly step your legs apart by 3 feet and raise your arms parallel to the floor. Turn your right foot slightly to the right and your left foot to the left by 90 degrees (toward the top of your mat), then align your left heel with your right heel. Ready your thighs and turn your left leg outward so that your kneecap is centered with your ankle. To finish the pose, bend your left knee over your ankle.
Audrey Hayes’ Favorite: Child’s Pose (Balasana)
As the digital media marketing manager, Audrey stays informed in terms of what people are discussing in the world of health and wellness. Her job is always changing, taking new turns as the current trends and statuses continue updating.
The best way for her to relax and find tranquility is when she is in her favorite yoga position: Child’s Pose.
Balasana starts off in a kneeling position as you rest your bottom on your heels. Bowing forward, place your torso between or on top of your thighs and stretch your arms long and extended, palms facing down. Audrey enjoys this pose because it provides her a safe and comfortable place to rest, relax and escape from the busy world.
Alicia is the copy editor and digital content manager of HealingRadius, where she remains updated on health and wellness discussion topics, ensuring that the team is always current with the most accurate information. As one of the top gurus in the office when it comes to all things healing, it’s no surprise that she would have a favorite holistic wellness activity—yoga!
Alicia’s favorite yoga pose is Virabhadra I, referred to as Warrior I. Her reason? “It energizes my entire body, specifically stretching my arms, legs, shoulders, neck and abdomen,” she says.
As the first part of the Warrior family, you can start Warrior I in Mountain Pose, standing with your feet hip-distance apart. Next, step your feet 4 to 5 feet apart and then turn your left foot out 90 degrees toward the top of your mat. Pivot your right foot inward at a 45-degree angle. Align your front heel with the back foot, keeping your pelvis turned toward the front your mat. Bend your left knee over your ankle and reach up through your arms.
My Favorite: Corpse Pose (Savasana)
It seems that I can never get enough downtime, between working, cooking dinner and cleaning house. Luckily, when it’s yoga time, I can relax and let all the worries of the day flow away. One of my favorite poses happens at the very end of my session, the Corpse Pose! For five minutes, I’m able to close my eyes and think of nothing. When I open my eyes, I feel like a new person. Although a simple pose, it is one of the more peaceful yoga moves, as well as being a position you can remain in as long as you need to rejuvenate your body.
Getting into the Corpse Pose is fairly straightforward. On a mat, stretch your entire body while on your back with your palms turned upward. Close your eyes, slow your thoughts and clear your mind of the clutter. When your time has ended, you will feel more awake and renewed.
What Do These Poses Say About Your Personality?
Standing Poses: If a standing pose is one of your favorite yoga moves, then you are considered a naturally grounded person with firm beliefs and convictions, as well as being open to limitless possibilities. With their favorite poses being Warrior I and Warrior II, Jana’s and Alicia’s match this personality type.
Backbends: These poses describe people who are lovers, not fighters. You are real, open, loving and compassionate. Your heart leads the way, giving you a personality that is energetic, bubbly and warm.
Twists: You are a fun-loving and adventurous person.
Forward Bends: One of the more soothing forms of yoga, these poses describe you as a well-rounded individual who is even-tempered, studious and smart. The child’s pose, which is Audrey’s favorite, is considered a forward bend.
Arm Balances: You are playful yet a little sassy. You test the limits and enjoy feeling strong, but aren’t scared to fall now and then. People who choose arm balance poses have a confident, stubborn and challenge-ready personality.
Balance Poses: You are a naturally balanced person who enjoys teetering on the edge and testing your equilibrium. You also have a great sense of humor!
Inversions: If you are not turned upside down already, people who love these poses are quirky, unusual and fun. They are also understanding and compassionate.
Savasana: As I mentioned early, one of the most relaxing poses of all lets you take the time to meditate. People who love these poses require more rest and relaxation in their life, and it means that you enjoy the gratifying feeling of accomplishment. My favorite yoga pose, the corpse, is considered to be Savasana!
Did you love learning about our favorite yoga poses and what yours can say about your personality? If so, let us know and share your favorite pose in the comments section below.
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Allyson Miller is a bookworm, history nerd and outdoor enthusiast who loves writing creative and informational content for SBT in Rock Hill, SC. Depending on the day, you can find her with her nose in historical documents, shopping for trendy exercise outfits or trying new cooking recipes. Allyson dreams that one day, engineers will figure out a way to build roller coasters sans the incline, ridding her of coasterphobia.