Pose of the Week: Savasana (part iii)

Friday, 20 September 2019 17:58
This week’s pose is Savasana - marking the end of term. It’s Corpse pose.
Celia in Savasana
As you know, Savasana is always practiced after asana. It provides the time to rest and restore after the vigour of asana. Geeta Iyengar says “Savasana has to be done in such a manner that we can come out as a new being, since our cellular body, the nerves, all have a good bath with that pure oxygen, with purity from inside, which make us get the feel of well-beingness.” (Yoga Rahasya Vol 26, No.2; 2019, p.13)  
Savasana is also time for integration; to bring together what you have done with your body and mind, what you have learnt about yourself. It is also the bridge to the practice of pranayama. Pranayama is awareness, control and direction of breath. It requires the mind and the body to be still and quiet.  
In Savasana you have the time, space and opportunity to rest and find some quietude without our usual distractions. And in this rested state you can observe yourself. Your senses are stilled so you can concentrate on the breath and its response in the body and also your mind. Geeta says, “You are the first person and the body is the second person.” (Yoga Rahasya Vol 26, No.2; 2019, p.12)  “That means you catch first what has to be done [with the breath] and then you can guide the body. If you are in a disturbed state, then you cannot dictate the terms to your body.”
The breath provides you with information about how you are. Even now as you read this observe how you are breathing. The agitation of the breath will a mean an agitated mind, a slow steady breath is a quiet mind. 
When you first start practicing Savasana, you may be very resistant. It takes time to let go and just be. Just lie down and be with your breath and your experience. When you take slow, soft exhalations you find you can let yourself go. Let go of the stuff you have to do next, and the stuff you’ve been doing. You can then bring yourself to the present moment. 
You can read up on the previous Savasana blogs:
See you on the mat :)
Nicole Schroeter
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