We're told the savasana pose is the most important. Savasana: corpse pose. Lying on the floor, relaxed, not moving, not thinking. Being a dead body - only with breathing.
While I really appreciate this pose, especially after nearly an hour of movement in one hundred five degree heat that feels like it might kill me, I'm having a hard time grasping savasana as the most important.
It appears first at the end of the standing poses, repeats after every floor pose we do, and is the last pose of the session. We're encouraged on the last one to stay in savasana until our breathing returns to normal - to not rush it - to give ourselves time to completely recover.
The teaching is that being in the corpse position allows a body to absorb the work it has just completed.
Allowing time to rest, to absorb, to simply exist, is more important than working hard? You can't rest if you haven't worked. I get that. But, really? The resting is the key element? It's not only okay but essential to stop from time to time, to die to the voices and demands and to do nothing but breathe and be?
It's an interesting process to be teaching my body lessons that the rest of me has such a hard time learning. Work without the balance of rest harms. Being is an admirable goal. Dying facilitates new life.
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