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What's Your Least Favorite Yoga Pose?

What's Your Least Favorite Yoga Pose?

We've been building on the basics in my beginner's yoga class, and recently it took a turn for the strenuous. We spent the entire class working on what my teacher said weren't her favorite poses, and soon I could see why: we held and reheld the plank and chaturanga dandasana (or four-limbed staff) poses over and over in order to learn how to correctly hold the poses and find our form.

By the end of the class, I never wanted to do a plank — let alone a chaturanga dandasana pose — again. The next day, however, I actually liked the fact that my upper arm and ab muscles were as sore as if I had gone to the gym (who says yoga isn't an intense workout?).

Even though sometimes I want nothing more than to release to child's pose, it does make me feel good when I learn to hold a hard pose, especially since I know I'm getting a good workout as well. I already know what your favorite poses are, but do you have any poses you love to hate — or just hate? Which poses are your least favorite?

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neonflash neonflash 6 years
I have trouble with side plank. It hurts the side of my feet trying to balance on them like that!
yogali yogali 6 years
I hate Cobra. Kills my back. I wast not fond of downward facing dog for a while, but it's the best stretch for my tight calves and now i love it!
julesinflats julesinflats 6 years
i love pigeon! hate camel (in hot yoga) and warrior
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 6 years
Standing bow. If I push myself, I WILL grey out after balancing stick.
MSL83 MSL83 6 years
I'm not a fan of Halasana (plow pose) since my core is still a work in progress! I love pigeon, frog, and crow (even though I can't do it, yet).
alh1203 alh1203 6 years
I love plank becuase I feel so strong afterwards and pigeon is such an amazing release for my back and I get such a rush from dancer and warrior 3. I despise locust though. There is a reason it's named after one of the plagues!
GummiBears GummiBears 6 years
All of them.
Michele-Foley Michele-Foley 6 years
Any class that skips Warrior 3 is good in my book — I still can't manage to stabilize in it! I'm also not a huge fan of Dancer pose.
girlpluscamera girlpluscamera 6 years
Four-Legged Staff pose kills me. I cannot get my elbows to hug my body or get to 90 degrees for the life of me--though I can lower down to about 135 degree angle, which is better than nothing, I suppose. Also, Warrior 3--my arms will go to the sides fine, but tell me to put my arms forward in the full pose and I'm screwed.
On-An-Inhale On-An-Inhale 6 years
This changes for me all the time. After I accomplish something I don't like or it becomes easier I start to love it. At the moment my least favorite pose is Revolved Half Moon. I have had a really hard time with it. I did not like Pigeon but now I crave it. Check out my blog for my yoga tips :)
adtafoya adtafoya 6 years
jazzytummy jazzytummy 6 years
Loathe dolphin. I have a love/hate relationship with pigeon....I am in pain holding that pose if I haven't done it in awhile, but my hips feels so good after class is over that I am okay with doing it ....I just grit my teeth. Not in love with full inversions either, handstand or headstead, so usually modify with something else.
Diana615 Diana615 6 years
Thank God I'm not alone with hating some poses. Warrior 3...YUCK. When it's time to that one I cringe:(
addywisbef addywisbef 6 years
Believe it or not, but warrior 2 is my least favorite. Either, I"m pooped after our 8 sun salutations, or we hold it for so long my legs start to shake. I know I'm supposed to feel strong in the pose, but I'm usually praying for it to be over.
ClassicalTorture ClassicalTorture 6 years
I haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaate Dolphin.
Lucky17 Lucky17 6 years
Anything to do with "developing your balance" (official line) AKA "falling on your behind" (what actually happens to me) - causes me if quite a lot of embarrassment. Tree Pose, Three-Point Balance, Half-Moon Balance - all the stuff! Hate it. That is one moment during my Vinyasa class when I'm guaranteed not to be looking in the mirror - I don't want to see the faces of other people in class who are probably thinking: "what a pathetic clutz!" I do rock about any bending or twisting pose, though :)
jesusmorales jesusmorales 6 years
Haven't attended a Bikram class in several years, but the pose done with arms and wrists twisted under the upper body while lifting legs up behind is pretty awful.
kaytique kaytique 6 years
I hate Eagle Pose. It's such a nuisance to twist yourself up that much - and I really don't see the point!
nikkisoda nikkisoda 6 years
I hate Pigeon too! I've been doing yoga for years and it's the one pose that I dread. So glad to see that I am not alone on this one. It's my friend's favorite pose, I just don't get it.
imLissy imLissy 6 years
I've been trying to do crow for 6 years now. I've accepted that it's not happening.
Angelica-Marden Angelica-Marden 6 years
Pigeon hurts me sooo much too. Even when I was going to yoga regularly it just didn't seem like a natural or functional pose for my body.
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