In any form of the yoga practices, one of the most common poses that the instructor would instruct their students to be practicing will be Savasana (or commonly known as ‘Corpse’ pose).
To achieve Savasana;
1) Lie down on your back, with the face and torso facing upwards.
2) Both feet slightly apart (ideally the width of the mat & not further than that).
3) All the ten toes turned out and relaxed.
4) Both arms slightly away from your body.
5) Both palms facing upwards.
6) The shoulders relax downwards, with the chin slightly tilting towards the neck.
7) All facial muscles and the rest of the body relax.
8) Natural breathing takes place and try not to have any thoughts in the mind.
To most yoga newbies or anyone totally new to the practice, Savasana may seems to be one of the easiest poses to be practiced. On the contrary, any experienced instructors will tell you that it is actually one of the more difficult poses to be practiced correctly, in order to achieve its optimum effect. So why is it so difficult about practicing this pose then? Most yoga practitioners will tell you that it is by means not an easy feat to tame the mind. When the body is not doing anything, the mind will tends to wander off, recollecting past events or to be reminded of some tasks to be done later that day or the week.
Thus when practising the pose, it is important to stay present and yet be able to let go of the body and the mind, after a tough session of your yoga practice. Your mind has to be in the state of being awake and asleep at the same time; trying not to focus on any thoughts, but just be conscious and present in the moment. In addition, it is also important to be able to maintain a steady stream of natural breathing, so that the body and the mind can relax even further. Also, there is no fix period of time for anyone to stay in the pose to achieve its optimum effect. You can stay as long or as short period of time as you may require, depending on how you feel on that particular yoga practice. It is always helpful to be able to listen to the instructor’s guidance or instructions, while settling into the pose.
When Savasana is being done correctly, it will allow the mind to be conscious and not react to the thoughts coming into the mind. It will then allow full surrendering of the mind and allow the senses to be heightened.
Namaste and have a good practice everyone. 🙂
Wayne Wong (200hrs Jan-Feb 2014)