Savasana (Corpse Pose) does not have a difficulty level in relation to BKS Iyengar’s 60* scale of difficulty in Light on Yoga.
When guiding my students towards Savasana, I often talk about the process of letting go – of surrendering to the breath riding through the body and of allowing all else to melt away. It’s only fitting, then, that Savasana is the last pose in my project to discuss all the poses in Light on Yoga.
It’s been a long journey – a long stretch, if you will – through 200 poses. Revelation, victory, frustration, confusion, patience, acceptance, and a whole host of other emotions have met me on my mat during the study of these asanas. And today, in the spirit of Savasana, it’s time to let them all go. To breathe into the fullness of the moment. To surrender all effort and simply be.
This project has done so much more for than introduce me to foreign yoga poses. This project has introduced me to new aspects of myself, new understanding in my practice, new friends in my beloved yoga community (online and offline), and so much more. More than anything, though, this project has taught me a valuable lesson: revel in your practice and surrender the “ideal”.Â Each and every day, something incredible and uniquely yours is unfolding on your mat. It doesn’t matter if your pose looks different than BKS Iyengar’s or the yogi next to you in class. Let go of (Savasana-style!) all of your ideas of what your practice “should” look like. What matter is that your pose is yours! Own it! What a blessing to discover the unique magic and mystery of your body, mind and soul’s journey on your mat. To, each and every day, shed new light on your yoga by embracing and celebrating the expression of the universe living through you.Â Could there be any greater gift?
May your practice be filled each day and each moment with delight in the wonders unfurling on your mat. They are yours and they are phenomenal.
Thank you so much to everyone who provided their support throughout this journey – BKS Iyengar for the many gifts ofÂ Light on Yoga,Â my amazing husband for taking all of these pictures, my teachers for providing tips and encouragement, my online yoga community for daily inspiration, and everyone else who has in any way touched this project so near to my heart. Thank you!