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Savasana, also known as the corpse pose is not pretending to be dead. Rather it is the pose at the very end of most yoga asana classes. It is the relaxed position of every part of your body and the time and space allowed for you to take some time for yourself as well as to integrate all of the poses you have worked on during your yoga class. During this time you may fall into a very deep meditation or you may receive much needed guidance on some things that you finally let go of during a vigorous or gentle yoga practice. Your body is finally relaxing and rejuvenating.
Directions on how to come into the pose:
Lie down flat on your back. Bring your body to a neutral position. Soften the lower back, but don’t flatten. Legs full extended out. Your feet slaying to the outside. Your arms are straight and slightly away from the body, palms up. Rock your body slightly from side to side and broaden the back ribs and shoulder blades away from the spine. Eyes closed. Be sure your chin is not jutting upwards too far or hugging too closely to the neck. It is prudent you also quiet the mind as best you can in this pose. Allow yourself to listen to the instructor’s direction for as long as they last and then simply let go. Relax and go deeper into the pose. Allow your whole body to melt into the mat. Feel yourself releasing and letting go deeper and deeper. Soon your full consciousness may be felt or you will be in so deep that when you come back to the room you will not remember a thing. Each Savasana holds something unique to ponder.
To come out of this pose, wiggle your fingers and toes. Allow yourself to come back fully aware of the room and its energy. Bring your knees to your chest and give them a hug. Then gently roll over to one side and hold it hear for a moment. Next, slowly lift yourself up and come to easy seated pose (legs crossed and back straight) with eyes closed. Listen to final words from your instructor and do any final OM’s. Open your eyes and feel the refreshed rejuvenation from a beautiful practice. Feel the space and connection you allowed your body, mind and soul to experience during this time. Ahhhh. 🙂
When not to do this pose or to modify/Contraindications:
If you have back injury or pain, do this pose with a bolster under your knees. If the pain still exists do not do this pose. Also, if you are pregnant be sure you are raising your head and chest up on a bolster or even a pillow.
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