Savasana – The Corpse pose – hmmm. Was always wondering about that name. Do they want me to play dead here? Corpse – is that all I am? Why dead when I feel the most alive? Why is this woman next to me snoring? How come she fell asleep and not me? Wow. She must be really advanced in yoga....
I did Savasana some justice, that’s for sure. I laid there like a corpse – dead tired from practice and still. I thought to myself (oh, another thought): ‘The teacher must be really impressed by my immobility.’ HA! Seriously? Have you heard my brain? I wish someone could measure my brain’s activity. It was going at least 1000 miles an hour. OH, I can finally get up and go home. I feel SOOO good. Thank you teacher, thank you universe.
Pffff – I’m exhausted just by writing this. Those and million other thoughts were running through my mind while in Savasana. That or I would eventually fall asleep and hear myself snoring. I honestly thought that was the goal as when you fall asleep you have totally relaxed and let go. Nothing wrong with falling asleep here, but that is not what Savasana is about.
Savasana is about being able to lay down, soft, calm, not allowing your mind to take over your relaxation and especially not going into the thinking process. It is about being in a state where you are able to observe your thoughts, not think them. It’s that state of total detachment from the physical and the observation of the non-physical. It is about practicing being and staying in the moment.
It is in Savasana that I really started to realize that we are so much more than the physical body. As I lay there on the ground – dead, I was able to observe the subtle movement of my energy, my inner being, my vibrational counterpart to my physical body. I knew there was something happening on the inside because I felt it. I felt it because my physical body was not the center of my attention. I was in my body, but I was not my physical body. Spooky….
Realizing that we are both physical and non-physical made me shift completely my perspective on life and in return, it has changed the world around me. But it’s not the world that has changed. It’s me. And for that, I am forever grateful because this shift if perception has given me my breath, and my life, back.
‘Man does not have a soul.
Man is a soul and has a body.’ E.R.
It is about being in a state where you are able to observe your thoughts, not think them. It’s that state of total detachment from the physical and the observation of the non-physical.
Yoga is not about that perfect pose, outfit or perfect body. It's not about being a vegetarian either or depriving yourself from every life pleasures that you enjoy having.
Yoga is a powerhouse of well-being. General components of yoga are the physical poses (asana), the different breathing techniques (pranayama) and meditation.