Article by Rashna Tjikhoeri
A continuous practice of Yoga embodies a lifelong journey on a physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, and energetic level. The challenges we face regarding our physical body can tell us more about the emotion that we stored in that part of the body and the (limiting) believe that is associated with it. On a much deeper level, it holds the key to identify what we crave for and which is/are our core desire(s) on a spiritual level.
It is my personal belief that every human wants to be seen and heard for who we are. Who we really are. And that one of our other core desires is that what we say or do is of meaning for someone else’s personal journey, their live or has an impact on the world. That on a deeper level we want to feel connected in a space which allows for that. Where we are all equal and nobody judges us for who we are.
When we take a look at ancient scriptures about Yoga, one can see and read that the Yoga journey is all about our spiritual evolvement as a soul. And that our body is a vehicle that ables us to deepen our spiritual practice so that we can fulfill our soul purpose in life.
To do so we must acknowledge that our life may end at one point and that we have to be conscious of the time that has been given to us on this planet and in this lifetime.
By acknowledging the fact that only two moments in our life are sure, birth and dead, we allow ourselves to live a more conscious life. One that we can now signify to achieving our soul purpose or soul destination so you will. Birth is full of possibilities, whereas dead is often viewed and experienced as painful and sad. But dead can also be viewed and experienced as a stage in life that is about transforming and evolving on a soul level. Then it can become a joyous moment in one’s life.
But before we can view or experience dead in this way, we must acknowledge that we as humans have the ability to get attached to people and things and that attachments create fear. The fear of losing who or what we love. And who or what we love is perceived as such because the love that we experience is conditional love. Would we perceive the persons or things in our lives from a place of unconditional love, then we wouldn’t experience dead as a loss but more as a joyous moment in ones live where one’s soul transforms and evolves.
Yoga (asanas) in itself and their practice teach us to be aware of their impact on our body, mind, soul, and spirit. One Yoga pose, in particular, offers us the possibility to reflect on ourselves and our lives journey so far. This pose is called Shavasana (corpse pose).
It helps to integrate our Yoga practice deep within ourselves and to reflect on that. It is said that the practice of Shavasana on a daily basis has tremendous health benefits if it’s practised twice a day for eleven minutes. These health benefits are on a physical level as well as on an emotional and mental level. It is also said that it has spiritual benefits for our transformation on a soul and energetic level.
The practice of Shavasana can teach us about how we view and experience ourselves, others and the world around us. It can also teach us about conditional and unconditional love if we allow ourselves to look deep within ourselves. This may ultimately lead to a transformation on a physical, emotional, mental, spiritual and energetic level. And the evolving of our soul.
So let us practice Shavasana on a daily basis so that we can become (more) conscious on a personal level and we can be aware of our soul journey so that we can connect with others on their soul journey without judgement or attachment.
Rashna Tjikhoeri lives in the Netherlands and is a Yoga, Meditation, and Yoga Nidra trainer and teacher, Transformation and Health & Detox Coach and freelance writer. Her biggest inspirations are Mother Nature and the classical Yoga philosophy. It’s her life’s mission to inspire others to live a conscious, happy, inspiring and fulfilling life from a place of love and light. Living in the present moment enjoying all the great gifts that life has to offer. Accepting oneself on the way whatever life presents us with on our journey. She believes that we already possess the knowledge and experience that’s required to live our soul purpose and that life events are there to remind us of what we already know on a deeper level. She believes that everyone is unique and that we can achieve great things as long as we are willing to see, hear and acknowledge our inner calling.