It’s the end of your yoga practice, and the teacher turns down the lights. You know it’s coming…. savasana. Deep rest. No more sweating, twisting, or balancing.
Savasana translates to corpse pose. Don’t let that make you feel any less affectionate about it! The name reminds us that this pose is more than just resting. It means to die to our little self (ego) so that our big Self (spirit) can soar.
In practical every day life, that might mean you invite your stories, fears, and limiting beliefs to pass away. Your story of not enough time, your fear of failure, and your self chatter of “I’m not good enough.”
It might mean that we allow our roles and responsibilities to cease so that we know ourselves beyond our roles. We connect with the essence of who we are, our divine state, first and foremost with a secondary interest in our responsibilities. We value ourselves on our heart versus our achievements. We love ourselves deeply as we are in our being versus our doing.
And it might mean that we simply let our thoughts die. That at the end of our practice after we’ve worked out our bodies, minds, and energy, that we simply abide in stillness without effort.
For me, my body often appears to be in savasana but the rest of me is raring to go. My mind is fired, my attention alert, my roles intact. When this happens, can we let our judgement of self die? Simply let what is be as it is. Breathe it out. Witness. Accept. Try anew.