Dead Body Pose SavasanaSpeaking of mats it isn't hard to recall my favorite pose, which is called "Savasana" or "Dead Body Pose" and I wouldn't mind doing this pose for the entire 90 minute class.
Standing Deep Breathing Prana YamaNow for my least favorite I have to choose two because they are so different yet I currently despise them both for very different reasons. The first is "Prana Yama" which is the first posture of the 26 posture series. It involves focused breathing. I hate to hear myself and others breathe so these five minutes or so is absolute torture as I pretend to be making noise as I exhale out.
Toe Stand Pose Pa Dan Gust AsanaThe second pose that I despise is "Pa Dan Gust Asana". Just look at the picture and you will probably understand why. My body is not a pretzel, my feet are bony and typically have issues so there is no way my toes on just one foot are going to support and balance my entire body. Just even trying to attempt this position would probably mean a trip to the ER. I watch in awe as others around me enter and exit this pose and wonder, "could I do that if I really worked at it?"
I think that my mentality for life is that if I am going to do something than I am going to do it - all or nothing. For me it is a challenge to go into something new and struggle in front of others. I wish I were more patient and connected with my body, yet know that at this point I know I don't have the ability to commit the adequate time and energy into the process. There is no doubt in my mind that this practice would/does benefit both my mind and body, but for now only once a week I will be able to say "namaste".