Savasana, Corpse Pose: Yoga Poses Relaxation

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Corpse Pose, Savasana: Yoga Poses for Relaxation – Hatha Yoga Classes in Milton Keynes with Yoga Lily


Savasana (Corpse Pose)

Savasana – Yoga relaxation is time for your body to integrate the effects of your practice. During this time of rest, the prana activated by posture practice can be used for healing and energising the system. This is why yoga practitioners know that, when you are tired during the day, a period of yoga relaxation is a better investment than taking a daytime nap.

You come out of yoga relaxation revived and refreshed with your energy boosted. And the more you practice, the better you get!

In keeping with the normal pulsatory rhythm of life, it is natural to rest after working. While you progressively let go of tension in the body, mind and emotional heart you learn to access a deep inner peace. There is no more gripping and grasping. There is no need to hold on. Relearn how to let go.


Savasana / Corpse Pose

Lying on the floor with your eyes closed allows your body to completely relax. At first this pose can be surprisingly difficult, because we wriggle around restlessly with busy minds distracting us from the peace available deep within our resting body. With practice, the mind and body settle down more easily.

  1. Lie down on the floor with the legs stretched out, arms with hands palms up beside the body and eyes closed. Lift the buttocks slightly off the floor, lengthen the lower back so that the sacrum is flat on the floor and then let the spine extend toward the crown of the head.
  2. Extend the legs, pushing the heels away and then allow the legs to relax completely, feet flopping out to the sides.
  3. Allow the shoulders to soften and melt into the floor. Tuck the chin in toward the throat so the back of the neck is long.
  4. Unclench the back teeth and separate the lips slightly. Allow the tongue to detach from the roof of the mouth and float in the middle of the mouth, behind the lower teeth.
  5. Imagine the eyeballs sinking back toward the base of the skull. Let the skin on the forehead smooth out. Let the tension release from around the eyes so it feels as if all the tiny lines around the eyes ease away.
  6. Bring your attention to the breath and allow it to enter and leave the body freely through the nostrils. Imagine your whole body breathing from the crown of your head to the tip of your toes.
  7. As the breath deepens, allow the body to soften and sink into the floor. It is as if you soften and relax from the outside in. Melt into the deepest layers of the body where everything is fluid. In Savasana Pose there is more than just a deep letting go; there is a sense of expansiveness too.

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Lili has been studying and practising yoga in China & UK for 20 years, and teaching since 2007. She draws inspiration from her training within established, classical yoga systems that focus on alignment, hatha vinyasa in its gentler form, yin, yin/yang, and restorative yoga styles, pranayama and meditation; blending the roots of Chinese healing traditions into a more holistic practice. For her, practice covers not just the physical aspects of yoga but also aligning and unblocking the bodies meridian energy pathways to release Qi energy (prana) which flows through the bodies energy highway, bringing the mind, body and spirit back into balance. “I am continually humbled by my students and teachers, my aim is always to teach from the heart and from the idea that yoga is the art of living, listening and learning, to embody this deeply spiritual tradition” – Lili Chen.