Shavasana, for many irrelevant part of the yoga practice, for some it may even look like a nap, but the truth is that this asana is the foundation of a deeper yoga practice and first step to the fully conscious relaxation, meditation and understanding of an inner self. Though, this art of relaxation may be harder than it looks! Me myself experienced it and I have seen many yoga practitioners who can attempt challenging asanas, yet struggle with just lying on the floor. Why is this?
To my belief, we live in the world of time, productivity, chased by the clock ticking. We impose on ourselves so much every single day engaging our muscles and brain so that we became used to search and achieve goals in everything we do. And when our muscles and brain are set to be constantly engaged, relaxing may feel uncomfortable and lying down without moving may feel awkward. And at the beginning it certainly does! As how often do you give yourself time to do nothing? It seem hard, especially when most of us feel like we should be doing more.
We are simply, terrible at doing nothing!
In Shavasana, we learn how to consciously let go. Shavasana practice teaches us to release physical tension and mental stress by gradually relaxing one body part at a time, one muscle at a time, one thought at a time. This simple act release all the tension within our body and mind, and activate gratitude towards our life and entire self.
In yoga practice Shavasana is the last act which main aim is to fully integrate the benefits of asana practice. It gives a little sneak peak of what meditation offers. From this state of relaxation we may experience a feeling of union, clarity, gratitude, love, joy, freedom and much much more!
Learning how to do nothing is a great skill - I think, essential with the world moving so quickly. Let your body connect with the present moment by letting go and simply give yourself time to experience the art of relaxation (shavasana).
Cultivating this part of the practice has never been more valuable, as it is just now!