What is your yoga power pose?
It has always intrigued me that in yoga poses there are poses that are named for warriors. Dynamic yoga practices like Ashtanga, Rocket, even Vinyasa (or combination styles simply named Power yoga or Dynamic yoga) flourish within a practice that is about finding peace and focus.
The more I practice however, and the more I teach, the more I am really aware that the strength, flexibility and balance that are the physical focus in a dynamic practice are qualities to take off the yoga mat into daily life.
Being physically strong and flexibile makes us look and feel powerful, confident, as well as ensuring that we build strong immune systems, and create a body that is healthy and moves with ease. When we challenge our perceptions of what we are capable of, by creating strong and flexible bodies that are able to do things we may have thought impossible for us, we also bring those elements of strength, flexibility and balance inwards.
Inner strength. The ability to move flexibly through whatever life throws at us. A balanced approach to life. Something we can have off the yoga mat. We don’t have to be doing contortions or precariously balanced to have those things – but by bringing our focus to our physical selves, we can move inwards and access those most powerful parts of our selves, something we need every moment of every day.
Some poses make us feel powerful for different reasons – I love the slow controlled descent into chaturanga / high to low plank, or a forearm stand, but equally feel strong and grounded in crow pose, a standing balance, or even sitting in lotus. It is so personal, and my yoga power pose changes according to what else is going on in my life.
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Collaboration with Active In Style