Healthy Handful: My favorite yoga poses

Yoga is the perfect mind-body-spirit exercise, in my opinion. The only thing better than yoga is Kundalini Yoga, which I would urge you to try. Not only are some of the better known poses used as part of Kundalini, but it also includes lots of quick moving, repetitive, challenging exercises that sometimes remind me of calisthenics, but surely get to the root of what ails me and redistributes the energy trapped in my body.

The best part about it is that each class has a different theme, from strengthening the immune system, to detoxification, to opening the heart. Each student can work at his or her own pace and assume the pose in the most comfortable way; there is not a focus on pose perfection, which is so freeing to me.

We can classify that as a digression, or you can pause, in awe of the amazing new yoga style that has come into your knowledge sphere. Even if I don’t have time to do as much yoga as I would like, these are some poses that I have grown to love and can easily do daily for my yoga fix.

1. Legs Up the Wall Pose (Viparita Karani) — I love the tingling in my feet and legs, the relaxation in my neck and head and the energizing blood flow to my abdomen.

2. Cat-Cow Pose (just called Cat Cow, now isn’t that interesting?) — My back would not have survived pregnancy and childbirth without this stretch, I am sure. And it has gotten me through all of the back twinges that come with motherhood, from nursing neck to toddler toting.

3. Cobbler’s Pose (Baddha Konasana) — The deep breathing during this pose elevates me and I can feel the energy flowing through my hips. For me, this pose isn’t as much about the inner thigh stretch as it is about the posture and the way it opens up my lungs.

4.Child’s Pose (Balasana) — The stretch is great, but my favorite thing about this pose is the peace it inspires. Putting my forehead to the floor and just relaxing is both cleansing and humbling.

5. Corpse Pose (Savasana) — Lame, huh, but who wouldn’t like to lay down on their back and vegetate for a few minutes every day? Seriously though, the tranquility and complete relaxation of mind and body can turn anyone into a Savasana — and yoga — junkie.

Author by Debra McDuffee