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Ilove savasana: that bit at the beginning
and end of every yoga class when I
lie on my back, arms a little way
from the body, feet shoulder width
apart and flopped out the sides, eyes
shut, mouth soft, and spine in alignment. I
can do that. I have a sense of achievement
then, a moment of success.
Yoga classes are a wonderful analogy
for my life. The drama to get onto the
mat in the first place. Bed is so comfy, the
couch is so swoonful, the garden so lovely
when it's not full of mosquitos. Then
unrolling the mat and flopping down onto
it, fighting the urge to just lie down and
have a nap.
I watch the other students arrive in
their various states, and sit down. There
is desultory conversation. One woman
in distress over a fight with her daughter.
One nauseatingly enthusiastic and in
peak fitness. Another has a sore foot after
a long walk and thinks she might have a
We chat, and I am pleased to report no
dramas in my life, but some amusement
that Number One child is in outback
Thailand and has taken her hair straightener
to a village with no electricity. Laughter
from all of us.
We bring our lives to the mat, and then
set them aside for an hour. We lie down
in savasana, corpse pose, and focus on
the breath. The relief is palpable. Slowly,
shoulders drop, hips open, the lower
back sinks down.
"I could just stay here forever," I
think. There is that small moment of
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