Savasana

Corpse pose
(shah-VAHS-anna)
sava = corpse
Also called Mrtasana (mrit-TAHS-anna, mrta = death)

This version of the classic relaxation posture-is great for tightness in the back, but can be used by anyone to give a more settled feeling in the pelvis and a deeper sense of release through support.
 
  • Lay down flat with a lift under the top section of your neck and the bottom of the skull (approx two finger widths from base of skull upwards above/on lift) and a bolster under your knees (create one from rolled blankets if needs be) and place on top of yoga block or other even foundation of approx 10-15cm high). Rest the backs of the heels on an even firm support (10cm high approx)
  • Turn the palms of the hands up with your hands away from your hips (1 foot approx) and tuck the shoulder blades under towards the feet.

DURATION: Several minutes
FOCUS: Allow yourself to detect any waves of warmth or tingles in the sensitive body zones (soles of feet, backs of knees, inner thighs, gluteal creases – the meeting of the thighs and buttocks, the genitals, spine, tummy, soft chest skin, throat and face). Allow those sensations to circulate and settle and let the mind rest.

Quotes

‘All things are naturally like space. Space itself has no characteristics. It neither exists by nature, nor is it non existent. It transcends dualistic thought.’

— Milarepa