Savasana - Corpse Pose
Pregnancy - Lie on your left side and place a cushion under your head and between your knees
HINTS & TIPS
If you have a sore back it can be nice to bend your knees, have your feet wide apart and rest the knees against each other.
Alternatively you can place a bolster or cushions underneath the knees to relieve tension in the back or fatigue in the legs
You can place a block under your head to support the neck if needed.
Contraindications and Cautions
"By remaining motionless for some time and keeping the mind still while you are fully conscious, you learn to relax. This conscious relaxation invigorates and refreshes both body and mind. But it is much harder to keep the mind than the body still. Therefore, this apparently easy posture is one of the most difficult to master."
Benefits of Savasana
ENERGY - EMOTIONS - MOOD
Brings the body and mind into a state of meditation - relieving stress
Improves concentration and memory as you focus on relaxing each part of your body
Helps to repair the cells and tissues in the body
Reduces blood pressure
Rejuvenates and replenishes the entire body
CAN BE HELPFUL FOR
LEVEL ONE POSE
Savasana is physically the easiest pose to do so everyone can do it and it instills deep healing and completely relaxes your whole body allowing you to feel refreshed and rejuvenated.
The challenge of Savasana is quietening and stilling the mind. This is when your mind can start to go into overload and think about your to do list, things you forgot to do in work, people you've being meaning to call, what to have for dinner, what part of your body is hurting, how long is left etc. We can't simply stop the mind from thinking this is what it does. So instead we let the thoughts come and go without attaching to any one thought and when you notice you mind wandering away, bring your awareness back to the gentle rise and fall of your breath.
When you notice your mind wandering, your are practicing mindfulness, being mindful is noticing when your mind is wandering and then you bring in it back to your breath or whatever it is that you have chosen to focus your attention on.
Savasana is such a wonderful way to bring balance to your yoga practice and your body, it allows your body to rest, recover and restore after your practice.
We want to think about Savasana as any other asana, its important to align your body
like you would in other posture. It's nice to allow your arms and legs to have there own
space, wiggle your hips a little to even and lengthen your lower back, snuggle your
shoulder blades underneath you and walk them down your back so the chest is open and
your shoulder blades lay flat on the floor, lastly lift your head, tuck your chin in and
place your head back down so the back of your neck is long. It can also feel really nice to
take a deep breath in and exhale with a sigh through your mouth to release any hidden
tension in the body. The idea is to get rid of fidgeting at the start of your relaxation so
you can lie really still like a corpse.