Shavasana Is the Hardest Yoga Pose May 04, 2017 10:46

It's often the last pose of yoga class, and looks the simplest, so why is it so difficult?

Yoga classes end in Shavasana or corpse pose, which is just lying on your back, completely still. Some say it's the most difficult pose precisely because you're not supposed to move at all. It's all about the gap between what you did during the session and what you do afterwards, a moment of reflection and appreciation. After you put your body into all these difficult positions, you're able to find those 5 minutes of comfort in corpse pose. Once again, the lesson applies: The past leads to your reaction and your ability to embrace the present. And what we do in the present has the power to change the future.


During corpse pose, I started to notice this sense of euphoria. Over time, I wouldn't even know where I was, that I was lying down, that class was over. I was so out of it that people would have to come and nudge me, thinking I was asleep. "Out of it" is actually inaccurate—I was the opposite, so completely in tune with my body and my self that everything else washed away. My mind was settled and I didn't want to leave that space; I didn't know when or where I would find it again. I didn't realize that what I was doing was called meditation.

corpse pose

I learned more about the breath, how it's connected to everything, understanding that it is our life force. As long as we have breath, we have life, and as long as we have life, we have possibility. When you can connect your breath to your movements, you're connecting your actions to your life. You're connecting yourself to yourself.

corpse pose

That's why it's called groundbreaking—you're breaking through solid assumptions. What you assumed was reality. The things that you once thought were the foundation of you and your world aren't even there. It was all in your mind.