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Summer Series 2018: Poses We (Now) Love

Favorite Yoga Pose | Side Angle Pose | Yoga Podcast

Do you remember the first time you did your favorite yoga pose? Was it true love the first time you took the shape? Or did it take a few tries (or maybe even years!?) to appreciate it?

A few weeks ago, I shared on Instagram that when I first started practicing Side Angle Pose, I thought it was a total snooze and now it’s practically my favorite yoga pose. I asked if anyone else has had this experience with a pose and got a resounding yes. For me, the process of appreciating Side Angle Pose represents the way the practice fuels growth and contentment: I used to need a big pose to capture my attention, but now the simpler shapes can bring me to a place of focused attention, awareness, and absorption.

It also shows the beauty of a long-term, sustainable practice — you change over time and your practice can change, too. This week, Jason and I unpack all of this — the poses we once overlooked, as well as the poses we used to long for that don’t hold much weight anymore. And I share some of the (awesome) comments you all left on the ‘gram. And bonus: Jason also talks about his approach to drishti (or gaze).

We’d love to hear from you and those favorite yoga poses that you’ve grown to love — post them on Instagram and use the hashtag #yogalandstories so we can find you!


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5 Comments

  1. I love listening to your podcasts and learn so much. My only request would be to folllow up each Sanskrit posture with the English translation for us yogis who don’t use Sanskrit regularly but want to understand the posture you are referring to during your dialogue.

  2. I would like to echo that. Please, please give the English translation. I have a 200 hour yoga teaching cert, but I still do not know all the Sanskirt.

  3. Have you ever checked out the 32 postures of the 17th century Hatha-Yoga text, The Gheranda Samhita? LOTS of prone backbends! Which I find interesting, being that they would have been a lot more practical about the development of poses back then, def based upon function rather than aesthetics, with the intention of strengthening the back of the body in order to sit for long hours in meditation.

    1. That’s so true! Richard Rosen used to teach a sequence called Original Yoga and it might have been from that text. Anyway, good point!

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