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heavenly rest

There i was, cocooned in warmth and darkness, feeling as light as air and as relaxed and carefree as a million-dollar Lotto winner on a Caribbean beach. I might have been a space traveler in suspended animation, rocketing off at light speed to a new solar system, or even an infant in the womb, except that I had a vague sense I was watching myself in a state of what could best be described as alert relaxation.

Begin to bring awareness to your inhalation … That voice … so familiar. Cautiously, I opened one eye and found that I was not floating along on a river of soothing darkness or soaring through the outer reaches of the Milky Way, but lying motionless on the floor of Om Tara Yoga Studio in Massapequa, New York.

When you’re ready, gently roll to one side … observe how you feel … It was Maria Yakkey, my regular Thursday-morning yoga teacher. Soon, a half-dozen classmates and I were alert and energized, sitting in Sukhasana (Easy Pose) with our legs crossed, bowing to the Divine within.

Namaste. Then class was over.

As I was clearing up my props, Maria came over. “John,” she said. “You’re really getting better at Savasana.”

I almost? You mean, my ability to imitate a corpse has improved?

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