What is the most difficult pose in Yoga?

Sirsasana (headstand)? Bakasana (crow pose)? Mayurasana (peacock pose)? Or jumping though & back? Surprisingly it is savasana! I can imagine your reaction when you read the answer here just like myself. How can SAVASANA be the hardest yoga pose? Before I attended to this YTC, I never bothered to do this pose especially in the classes during the lunch time. I would prefer rushing out ASAP to take a quick shower while the others were just lying down there to REST. Because I have more important things to do back in my office.
But now it is close to the end of our YTC, I realize this simple-sounding pose is not as easy as I thought to master. Savasana might look like a nap at the end of your yoga practice. But it’s actually a fully conscious pose aimed at being awake, yet completely relaxed. By the time you’ve completed asanas, or postures, your body and mind should be tired enough to be able to relax sufficiently for Savasana. Even if your body is ready to the relaxation, the most challenging part is your mind which will try to resist this deep relaxation, some thoughts will pop up during Savasana like how long will we be here? Do we smell sweat? My to-do list before I go home today, etc. As taught by Master Wei Ling, arm strength can be obtained via short term practice but flexibility and hip opener need longer time. Same for Savasana, it takes practice and patience to conscious surrender easily.
With the world moving in such a fast pace, cultivating the art of Savasana is more valuable than ever. Our society tends to place greater value on speed and productivity. Learning how to do nothing is a skill that can help you become more productive when you need to be.
In order to integrate the benefits of yoga practicing, a revolution to myself is never to skip Savasana.
P.S. if you are confused about Savasana and today’s yoga nidra like me, I have below answer which hopefully is useful to you:
Savasana is an asana, a posture. Yoga nidra is a state of consciousness, in between sleep and awakeness. It is complete relaxation of the body, while the mind stays awake. Proper use of Savasana may allow one to experience yoga nidra, but the two are independent concepts. Savasana is not required for yoga nidra, and practice of Savasana does not imply that one will experience yoga nidra.
Jessica Jiang Junxia, 200hr YTC 2017 (weekend)

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