Week 30: The Struggles of Rest
Aaa-haaaa. *Sigh* And relax! Or do you?
This weekend I was on a late night airplane flight and was trying to get my son to relax and fall asleep. He was perfectly positioned on my lap in corpse pose (Savasana) - thank goodness for the last row on the plane and three seats!- so my logic was he is sure to fall asleep. Oh my, did he fight it with tooth and nail!
This got me thinking a bit more about corpse pose, yoga in general and embracing rest. How often can we physically place ourselves into the correct yoga position, however, mentally we are not able to do the pose?
Yoga is much more than the physical. I can perform many of the poses but if my mind is off in any way, forget about reaping the benefits.
Looking back at my son's situation, really he was more interested in the latches on the folding tray, the person sitting a row in front of us and the lucky chance to prance down the aisle as if he was a model on the runway!!! He was not ready to relax into his sleep.
So next time I'm blessed with a moment to practice corpse pose, I'm going to take the time to mentally relax (even if it is for only one minute!) and the physical relaxation and much needed rest will follow.
Ready to practice corpse pose anytime! :)
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Aspiring Yoga Teacher
I've practiced yoga since I was a pre-teen and have always found it to keep me centered. I will be a teacher one day and this is my journey to discover teaching and practice.