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Lora Hogan > Yoga  > My 3 favorite yoga poses

My 3 favorite yoga poses

I was recently asked, besides legs up the wall pose, what is my ULTIMATE favorite yoga pose to practice at home.

Wow. That’s a hard one. There are so many to pick! So how about I tell you THREE?

Yes, it’s true, legs up the wall is probably my all-time favorite yoga pose. I love to rest. I love to be lazy. I love to feel the gentle inversion, especially if I’ve been on my feet all day, done a long run, or just feel a little wired.  I probably practice this pose every single day.

BUTTT there are a few other poses I love dearly, as well…though they aren’t all quite as beginner friendly! Here’s a glimpse into my home practice!

My current favorite Lora-feel good poses:

1) SUPTA VIRASANA (reclining hero’s pose…)

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This pose is a back-bend and NOT beginner friendly. Please do not try unless you are in a class with a great teacher, it is not good for those with bad knees, backs, ankles, problems with internal rotation, etc.

Why do I love this pose so much?

I love supta virasana because it’s a back-bend, gets into my psoas and hip flexors, stretches my abdomen, and just feels gosh darn GOOD on my body! (Especially my quads after a long run!)

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2) Low Lunge & Low Lunge Variations

LowLungeToeStretch

I’m a runner, remember? What runner doesn’t feel super happy after getting into the hips.  Plus there are so many places you can go from low lunges–twists, hamstring stretches, side-bends, quad stretches (such as the image below), you name it! Oh low lunge, some days you may feel gnarly, but you always make me feel happy after my home practice!

LowLungeQuadStretch

3) Handstands

Some days I can get up, some days I fall, but I love spinning the world upside down with handstand play. This pose was my least favorite yoga pose for the first seven years of my yoga practice and teaching.  Y’all, it is possible to love your enemy! I love handstands now and, when I fall down, I laugh and give it another shot!

AHHH Almost balancing beautifully… sooooo close:

LoraHoganHandStandFall

Can I stay can I stay? Only when I start to lean towards that wall…. Hi leaning tower of Lora Handstand? Isn’t it fascinating how, even if we aren’t using the wall for support or to kick up, we subconsciously start to drift towards it to feel safe and comfortable in the pose? What’s your hand-stand bad habits? Do you love handstand or hate it? Why?

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So there you go. As of today, July 2, 2014, these are three of my favorite yoga poses in my home practice! Stay tuned, because they could change tomorrow! 😉 What poses do you love the most right now?

Comments:

  • Crystal H

    July 2, 2014 at 11:53 am

    That first pose looks so comfy! Too bad I have bad knees, backs, ankles, problems with internal rotation, etc. 🙂

    Someday we are going to make this happen!

  • Stacey Merrill

    July 2, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Looks like you are having fun 🙂 It has been at least 20 years since I’ve attempted a handstand

  • Nichole

    July 2, 2014 at 11:58 am

    I am dying over these poses, Lora! I am such a beginner…maybe someday I can bend like you, lol. 🙂

  • Nanci @ This Crazy Life of Mine

    July 2, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Pigeon pose is probably my favorite, besides the obvious savasana. 🙂