Savasana (final resting / relaxation pose) is like a sacred pause. All the hard work you have done settles into the tissues, the central nervous system, and your whole being begins to feel at peace. Savasana is the place where your work in the yoga room sinks in so you can carry your yoga outside the room when you leave. In the Iyengar tradition of yoga it is believed there are three poses you should do each day for optimal health: headstand, shoulderstand, savasana. Savasana is considered the most important pose you can do to begin to feel your yoga as part of a life-long practice, not simply exercise.
I would like to extend this idea even further into our daily lives. Lately, Brian and I have been growing and learning so much. Due to all of this work, we decided to take a weekend away. Brian is heading to Kripalu to study with Tara Brach and I am heading to the ocean. At first the trip seemed to trigger some uneasy feelings, then a teacher shared the following with us: “Look at this like savasana. All the hard work you have done on the inside needs some time to sink in and become part of you, apart from each other. This trip for each of you is like a nice long savasana.” This idea immediately gave us the freedom and permission to enjoy a sacred pause. Time to rest, heal, reset so we can live more fully in the truths we have learned. Now we are both excited for our savasana journeys and understand the importance.
Whenever you have a huge learning curve it is important to pause and honor this. Rest. Absorb. Recharge. When you re-awaken it will be just like coming out of savasana. Things are still the same… You are still you, but often things are a bit clearer and more spacious. Take the time and enjoy a sacred pause.