My Love Affair with the Most Important Yoga Pose
So, you’ve probably heard this quite a few times. The most important yoga pose, what is it? The lying, dead-person-looking, extremely relaxing deliciousness of a pose. Yes, it’s Savasana! Does this sound a bit like it’s my favourite pose of all? A bit like my eyes were opened to that fact recently?
Yes, that is exactly what happened. This is a typical, “You don’t know what you have till it’s gone,” situation. A bit dramatic, “Only know you love her when you let her go,” instance. A, “My life would suck without you,” moment.
This morning, in a super difficult vinyasa class – at least at my level, with all the fun of arm balances – (more precisely, in the last pose before Savasana) the fire alarm went off! Evacuate the building please!
Luckily, there was no fire at all, and everybody was allowed to go back inside. And I tried (I desperately tried) to go and lie in Savasana, enjoy the beautiful pose with a smile on my face as usual after a kick-ass class. But no, nope, not gonna happen. With all my zen, peace of mind, whatever, completely gone – I went to shower. And without being able to cool down in Savasana I felt extremely warm even after a cold shower, my body didn’t get its closure.
And I realized, even though the fire alarm didn’t at all get on my nerves, as I try to stop that from happening as much as possible, it stole away from me the most important pose. And after class, I didn’t feel as energizes as usual. I couldn’t relax and recharge after the difficult – and super fun – class, I had just finished.
Admittedly, I had been dreaming about Savasana that whole class. When you’re working hard and enjoying the amazing things you’re suddenly able to do, your mind would very much like to just chill, too. I will admit that this love affair didn’t just start this morning, though in the difficult or hot classes this lovely pose is more appreciated.
My advice to you is this: Don’t skip Savasana – you’re missing out on a lot! Enjoy and relax, feel your muscles recharging, try to clear your mind (or dream about tonight’s dessert, bad yogi style) and just smile; you did an amazing job! 😀
What do you think about Savasana? Have you had trouble with lying completely still or have you been the person running out of class before the relaxation begins? Or are you a Savasana-loving yogi? 🙂