Postings & Ponderings: Savasana
For this month’s Postings & Ponderings, we’re featuring Savasana.
Each yoga practice ends with Savasana. Translated it means Corpse Pose and so once you have placed yourself carefully into position, you remain as still as possible in both body and mind. In Savasana, you no longer practice; you observe. Your goal is to relax: to let go of everything completely so that you can simply witness, without judgement, your state of being after practice. This state of undoing and observing is not easy to achieve: many find it difficult to turn their brains off while lying still during Savasana and become agitated, while at the opposite extreme, others drift into a dreamlike state or fall asleep, losing their conscious observation completely.
In Light on Yoga, BKS Iyengar describes the benefits of Savasana:
“By remaining motionless for some time and keeping the mind still while you are fully conscious, you learn to relax. This conscious relaxation invigorates and refreshes both body and mind. But it is much harder to keep the mind than the body still. Therefore, this apparently easy posture is one of the most difficult to master.”
If you consistently practice Savasana with the same care and attention that you practice active poses, it will become easier. And one day, you may achieve the ability to re-create its serenity wherever you find yourself.
Do remember to include time to incorporate this essential asana into your home practice and let us know how you make out :). Post photos, questions, or comments below and on our social media accounts (facebook, twitter, or instagram).
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