Okay so I have a confession…
In my early years of practising yoga, I attended yoga classes at a fitness club. You know, the type of club that has a full timetable of exercise classes, a swimming pool and an array of body-building equipment.
I regularly attended yoga classes and enjoyed the physical practice. However, moments before savasana (relaxation), I would start rolling up my mat and heading out of the class. I didn’t consider lying down on my back part of my “workout.” Back then, yoga was very much a physical practice so if I didn’t feel like lying down, I would just walk out.
And while savasana may be the simplest posture (asana), for me it was, and often still is, the most challenging. It’s about learning and practising the art of surrendering and letting go. As we surrender to the earth below, we feel ourselves getting grounded, rooted, connected and stable. When we give ourselves permission to let go, we start to feel lighter and freer. Simultaneously, we get to notice the strength we have cultivated in our bodies which, energetically, often translates into courage, confidence and endurance.
The more deeply we integrate that into our experience, the more likely we are to take that off the mat and into our lives. So the next time you are in savasana, I invite you to remind yourself that this may be the most valuable asana of your whole practice.
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