THAT Pose: What Our Least Favorite Yoga Pose Teaches Us

by tinareale on October 23, 2014

We all have them. That pose. That one that makes us groan a little inside when the teacher calls it out in class. That pose we want to run from and never have to see again. Our least favorite yoga pose. THAT pose.

Maybe it’s some form of a backbend for you. Maybe it’s a deep stretch in an area that is generally very tight on your body. Maybe it’s having to lay there still in Savasana. For me? Prasarita Padottanasana. The Wide Legged Forward Fold.

Least Favorite Yoga Pose

A rather basic pose, yet it challenges me more than any more “advanced” pose out there. Give me a balancing pose I’ll fall out of or a backbend I can’t quite do all the way yet over Prasarita any day! Yes. Prasarita always brings so much up for me.

Fear because of a previous groin strain. Impatience because I just want my head to finally touch the mat. Anxiety as I have to learn to be more still with my truth as it flows from my heart to my head.

But I always remember, the poses we want to run from are our greatest teachers. They invite us into the hard places so we can learn. So I can let go of pride and learn to honor my body’s limits. So I can enjoy the journey and the small successes as my head reaches even just another centimeter closer. So I can take the time to listen and respond to the emotions facing me. Even though I still struggle to say I “like” the pose, I now deeply appreciate it. Now, when this pose comes up in practice, my inner groan has turned into just a small sigh…and sometimes even a smile.

Let’s Chat: What’s your least favorite pose? What lessons has it taught you?
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1 Brittany @ Delights and Delectables October 23, 2014 at 7:15 am

this is not only true of yoga but in other areas of life as well!! Mine is any hip opener… because mine are so tight!

2 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More October 23, 2014 at 8:23 am

For me it’s always balancing poses. Sometimes I get them no problem, other times I can’t hold them for even 1 second without falling out. But more than anything, this was a reminder that I STILL haven’t done yoga and my mind and body SO badly need it…

3 Annie October 23, 2014 at 10:20 pm

Goddess or frog pose is so hard for me. I can’t stay in it for long. I’m working on it!

4 Christine @ Love, Life, Surf October 23, 2014 at 11:07 pm

Oh I don’t like prasarita either or upavistha konasana. Something about those wide-legged postures that I do not like! But absolutely, those are the poses that I need to work on. Oh and the splits too! OK there are a lot of poses that are my least favorite!

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