As 2011 comes to a close and we begin to welcome in a new year, tendency is to reflect on the best and the worst and what was loved and what was hated in 2011. This is my listing of 2011's most loved and most hated poses. Well 3 of each at least.

The first yoga class I ever took, the teacher left me with inspiration that I carry with me even today. Take 3 poses that you love.  Build them into your practice everyday because they are loved and bring you joy.  Take the three poses that you dislike the most and practice those everyday because you dislike them for a reason, and usually your body needs these poses.  Do the ones you hate because they will be good for you; your body needs them.

Of course the list is not concrete and as a practice develops poses will be added the list and poses will leave the list. So to say goodbye to 2011 here are my current most hated poses.

Reclining Bound Angle Pose

My dislike of this pose is huge - the mention of this pose in a YIN or restorative class makes me want to curl up in a ball. But because I dislike it so much it is part of my practice.  According to information on, 
  • Calms the nervous system and relieves stress
  • Promotes healthy digestion by creating space in the abdomen
  • Enhances respiration by freeing the diaphragm
  • Improves circulation to the pelvic organ
Triangle Pose

This is one of the original most hated poses.
According to Yoga Journal Triangle Pose:
  • Stretches and strengthens the thighs, knees, and ankles
  • Stretches the hips, groins, hamstrings, and calves; shoulders, chest, and spine
  • Stimulates the abdominal organs
  • Helps relieve stress
  • Improves digestion
  • Helps relieve the symptoms of menopause
  • Relieves backache, especially through second trimester of pregnancy
  • Therapeutic for anxiety, flat feet, infertility, neck pain, osteoporosis, and sciatica
Warrior II

According to, Warrior II strengthens the legs, opens the hips and chest . Warrior II develops concentration, balance and groundedness. This pose improves circulation and respiration and energizes the entire body.

Stay tuned.  I will be bringing in 2012 with my favourite poses of 2011.

What are 3 yoga poses that you dislike the most?

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