I just finished my 40 minute yoga practice (check it out —> Yoga with Adriene / 40 Min Beginner – it’s ‘yummy’!) and found I was surprisingly inspired by the final pose, the corpse pose, savasana.
I was inspired by how difficult it has always been for me, and maybe for others, and yet how restorative it is. I did some research and found that I’m not the only one that feels the difficulty. According to Yoga Journal, the pose is described as feeling like ‘nothing’. It’s beautiful! That’s exactly it. However, in my experience, a lot of work goes into that wonderful ‘nothing’ feeling. Yoga Journal suggests, when you find yourself ‘trying’ to experience the pose, to allow your brain to descend to the back of your skull (weird I know, but it works!), and to think of Abhinavagupta’s (you can read more about him on Wikipedia) wise saying:
“Abandon nothing. Take up nothing. Rest, abide in yourself, just as you are.”
The difficulty for me used to be stopping my mind from going to ‘What am I doing after this?’, ‘What will I make for dinner?’, ‘I wonder when I should go to be tonight?’, ‘When is that football game on again?’, or the most ridiculous ‘When is my next yoga practice?’. This world has conditioned us to attempt to be one step ahead at all times, which means there is no space in our heads for just being present.
Now I find that I’ve gained control of those thoughts, but have moved on to this body image issue. ‘What do I look like right now?’, ‘I wish my fat rolls would go away so I can actually lay flat on the floor.’, ‘Why is my ass so big?’, or ‘Am I going to knock anything over while I surrender to the floor?’. These are all meaningless, silly, useless thoughts, especially when one of the purposes of the corpse pose is to allow those thoughts, our old ways and old thinking die to the Flames of the grace of this pose.
So, though Savasana is one of the most difficult poses in the yoga practice, I would argue it’s also one of the most restorative and healthy poses. By surrendering our ‘today’ or our ‘yesterday’ to this pose, we can continue to live forward. And by living forward we can help support others to do the same. It becomes this gorgeous circle of receiving and giving, which, let’s be honest, we could all use a little more of.
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