Easily a favourite among yoga students! Hands up please! And this might sound quite shocking, but to a lot of yoga students out there, this is easily the hardest pose.
I remember when I took my first yoga class when I was 18. I used to think why would I want to pay for a class where they just ask you to lie down and sleep? But little did I know, Savasana remains of the most powerful relaxation pose, and it carries a strong meaning with it.
It means re birth, and however morbid it might sound, it means you die and you are reborn new and whole again each time you do Savasana.
It means to relax and completely surrender yourself. And this is not easy to do. We are so attuned to think all time, to doing all the time that to simply relax is a most difficult task!
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Here are a few tips and preps that I find useful:
1. Lie down with your knees bent.
2. Cover your eyes with an eye pillow to promote inwardness and to help the eyeballs recede. Make sure the chin is towards your heart. You can also put a blanket underneath your head to lie on.
3. Extend one leg after the other slowly and allow the feet to fall away from each other.
4. Then stretch your arms to remain long and to allow the shoulders to relax.
Then comes the difficult part of quieting the mind! A little bit of yoga nidra helps.
5. Consciously relax each part of your body, starting from the crown of the head, to the scalp, the ears, the eyes, the jaws, the tongue, every part!
6. Feel yourself sinking into the floor, be at one with earth. Try not to fall asleep!
6. Lastly do focus on the movement of your breath. Accept that the mind sometimes wonder, and gently bring the mind back instead of beating yourself to it.
One can do this anytime they want, for however little time they have for a rebirth!