Every yogi has a favorite pose that they are itching to practice every time they step on a yoga mat. The reasons for this favorability can be many: it’s that one pose you feel most comfortable practicing, you know the alignment of the pose too well, and you exit the pose feeling absolutely high on spirits. But, it is often said that do not forget to practice the pose that matches your personality. They have a lot to offer.
Each personality trait has a corresponding yoga pose. Find out your yoga posture and practice with us.
1. If you have a personality that is a perfect blend of vivaciousness and mystery, then Downward Facing Dog is your pose. People who are friendly and affable with deep layers of personality are best suited for this beloved yoga pose.
Downward-Facing Dog Pose (Adho Mukha Svanasana): Like your personality, the pose too is a mix of inversion, strength and stretch. The pose lengthens the back of the body and develops strength in the arms and legs. Start on your fours and come into an inverted ‘V’ position, with legs and arms straighten out. Hold the head between the upper arms and keep your gaze fixed at the navel. Do not strain your neck in the pose.
2. People who are youthful at heart and creative at mind should practice Headstand Yoga Pose to fuel your creativity and playfulness.
Headstand (Sirsasana): As you go upside-down in the pose, there is a fresh rush of nutrients and blood to your head giving you an influx of energy that helps you remain cheerful. Going upside-down gives you a chance to view the world from a different angle thus boosting out-of-the-box thinking. Kneel on a yoga mat and interlace your fingers. Place the crown of the head against the fingers. Slowly, raise your legs upward and gently make them straight. Your shoulders, forearms, locked palms with your head against it will rest on the floor.
3. Individuals with a calm demeanor and the ones who wish to turn inwards or listen to the voices rising from within can practice cooling Seated Forward Bend Pose.
Seated Forward Bend Pose (Paschimottanasana): It is a nurturing yoga asana and fosters a feeling of introspection. As the pose encourages inward connection, you can become more calm and level-headed. Sit on the floor with an erect posture. Keep your eyes in the front direction. Raise your hands up with inhalation and bend forward upon exhalation. As you fold forward, bring your hands down and rest it wherever it feels comfortable. Fold deeper with each breath and stay in the pose for as long as you can.
4. Yoga practitioners with a sense of security who are open-hearted and like to socialize are ideal to practice the Camel Pose.
Camel Pose (Ustrasana): Ustrasana is a heart-opening backbend. In the camel pose, you gain the courage to open your heart and to expose your real self. With the opening of the heart, you can reveal your true emotions and indulge in heart-to-heart communication with your closed ones. Come on your knees with legs hip-width apart. Align your hips over your knees. Tilt your head backward allowing your ribcage to expand. Tuck your chin to your chest as you extend your arms behind to grab the heels of the feet. Gaze at the tip of your nose.
5. Practice Warrior II if you have a sense of concentration, determination and focus. If you really put your heart and soul to achieve something you want, you are truly connected to your inner warrior.
Warrior II (Virabhadrasana): This pose is attractive for people who like to gain strength, confidence and power. With the warrior pose, emerge victorious to challenges and difficulties of life. Begin in Tadasana with feet 3-4 inches apart. Turn your right foot out at a 90-degree angle. Align the heels of both the feet. Bend your left knee over the left ankle to make the keep the shins perpendicular to the ground. Stretch the arms to the side, parallel to the ground.
6. For easygoing and chilled out humans, Savasana is the pose.
Corpse Pose (Savasana): It is a relaxation pose that gives you the much-deserved rest. It is suitable for happy-go-lucky people because they know how to strike a balance between work and fun. And, with this pose, you do exactly the same, you surrender when it is needed. For the pose, lie straight on a yoga mat. Spread the legs and arms out. Flex the feet. Shut the eyes. You can use eye mask for extra support. Breathe and relax. Feel the tensions melt away from your body and mind. Stay in the pose till you feel completely rejuvenated.
Compliment and strengthen your personality by practicing matching yoga poses.