My three favorite yoga poses? This is just like asking me to pick my favorite Bible verse! There are so many to choose from, and each one significant. They have each taught me something about myself or have changed me in some way. So choosing only three is quite difficult, however, there are three that have truly made a huge impact on my life.
1. Scorpion Handstand or in Sanskrit, Vrschikasana.
This challenging asana not only requires strength and flexibility, but it requires humility, patience, willingness, and practice. For me, this pose sums up my practice of yoga, which is why it has made its way into my top three favorite asanas. When I first witnessed this being done on a YouTube video, I had just begun practicing yoga on a daily basis. Beginning to practice scorpion resulted into a turning point in my practice. Yoga, which what I thought was just a fancy word for stretching at that time, was proving to be much, much more. Before attempting my first scorpion, not only was I intimidated by the external look of the asana, but I was also afraid. It was then that I realized when practicing yoga, you are not only working towards a strong body, but also a strong mind. It takes a lot of strength to overcome thoughts full of fear and doubt. Scorpion pose demands that you move beyond what you think your body is capable of, and open your mind to possibilities we may not think exist. When I practice scorpion now, it brings me back to when I began my yoga journey and shows me how far dedication and practice has taken me. I can now find comfort, empowerment, and peace in Vrschikasana.
2. Child’s pose or in Sanskrit, Balasana.
Up until recently, I used to dread Child’s pose. Coming from a gymnastics and dance background, my mentality since I was a child has been to pursue perfection, to never give up, and to always push myself harder. When I began practicing yoga, my brain had to be rewired to think the opposite. Perfection should never be a goal in your yoga practice, because there simply is no such thing. Everyone’s body is built differently, created to move differently, and grows at a different pace, therefore making everyone’s standard for perfection different. In a yoga class, it is common for teachers to refer to Child’s pose as a place for you to rest if you get tired, overwhelmed, or to regulate your breath. This was never a pose I felt I needed to visit because I thought I needed to push myself in my practice, no matter how tired I was. It wasn’t until I strained my back when I began visiting this pose on a daily basis. This pose asks that you humble yourself; that you listen to your body when it is showing signs that it is tired and overwhelmed, and you honor it by giving it a moment to rest. This pose has taught me that humbling yourself and honoring your body is not admitting defeat, but displaying your strength.
3. King Pigeon Pose or in Sanskrit, Kapotasana.
Although Kapotasana is one of the deepest backbends in the Ashtanga Intermediate series, it surprisingly was not unpleasant to learn. Kapotasana was such a beautiful asana to learn because as I began moving deeper and deeper into the pose, my heart opened more and more to all of the possibilities I never thought existed. Kapotasana has helped me to accept where I am in my practice and just embrace the process, embrace the journey.
I’m Kayla Perry. I am 19 years young, born and raised under the sunny skies of Miami. I am a lover of Jesus, people, life, and yoga. I am a self-taught yogi and began just one year ago, but can no longer imagine my life without it. I am a student, an artist, and a creator. I desire to share my passion for yoga and living a healthy and balanced lifestyle with others. The more I learn the more I teach, the more I teach the more I learn.