Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Shavasana: Final Rest

Photo by Justin Kral.

In shavasana all effort and all determination fall away. The body lies in stillness.

We are not the body, which is subject to death, but rather we are the unborn, the unchanging. The death of the body invites us to come back to our true nature, which is consciousness.

This letting go of artificial identification with what is impermanent is shavasana.

Shavasana, when done properly – as the letting go of everything – shows us what we truly are. Both the Yoga Sutra and the Bhagavad Gita state that the pure existence, pure awareness, pure being that is left at the end of the body is without beginning and end.

It cannot be cut by knives,
It cannot be pierced by thorns,
It cannot be burned by fire,
It cannot be drowned in water.
It is eternal, the true self.


This post is an excerpt from Ashtanga Yoga: Practice & Philosophy by Gregor Maehle. Namaste.

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