Monday, October 4, 2010

Surrender to Savasana

October - Pose of the Month

Changing seasons force us to adjust to different weather, schedules, clothing, et al. In our yoga practice and daily life, its important that we take the time to be still and accept the changes. Savasana, or Corpse Pose, allows us the time to physically and mentally accept all that is changing around us.

Benefits of the pose include but are not limited to:
  • Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression
  • Relaxes the body
  • Reduces headache, fatigue and insomnia
  • Helps lower blood pressure
How to - 

1. Rotate your legs in and out, and then let them fall gently out to a neutral position

2. Let your arms fall alongside your body, slightly separated from the body, palms facing upwards.

3. Rotate the spine by turning your head from side to side to center it.

4. Then start stretching yourself out, as though someone is pulling your head away from your feet, your shoulders down and away from your neck, your legs down and away from your pelvis.

5. Breathe deeply and slowly from your abdomen.

6. Stay in this pose for 5 minutes for every 30 minutes of practice. To exit, first roll gently with an exhalation onto one side, preferably the right. Take 2 or 3 breaths. With another exhalation, press your hands against the floor and lift your torso, dragging your head slowly after. The head should always come up last.

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