Relaxation – Savasana
Here you will get help on how to position the body for relaxation, so that it can naturally settle for a profoundly peaceful experience. Savasana is always practiced at the end of a sequence, and can be your entire practice if you are fatigued, menstruating or recovering from illness or injury.
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(You’ll get the most benefit from this transcript by watching the video above)
Today’s tip is relaxation, most people’s favorite pose when they’re doing yoga, because you get to relax. But it’s actually the hardest pose to do. Now, you can see that Soraya’s set herself up here and that she’s quite crooked through the torso. We just want to make some adjustments here. So we’re just going to bring the feet, so that they’re nicely in line with the body. If you just press out lightly through the heels and just let the toes fall out through the side now, great. Another common fault is people tend to do it with their palms on the floor or they may even have their arms in too close. What we want is the back of the hands on the floor and this helps broaden the collar bones.
Another slight problem people have is quite often, if you’re tight in shoulders, the head will be too far back and it’s putting strain into the throat. So Soraya lifts her head, you fold the blanket, and then we bring the blanket in underneath the head, just lift the head again, so that it’s almost touching the collar bones and it’s just really nice supported on the head, frees up the throat and the neck. For some people, you might want to have the blanket slightly less folded than that, it’s up to you. It’s your body. You have to experiment.
Now, if you’re in the pose and you feel that you’ve got a tight lower back and there’s pressure in your lower back, we can change that by using the bolster or a couple of folded blankets. If Soraya bends her knees, just bend your knees again, I’ll just shift it, and there’s a couple of ways you can have the feet. You can have the feet like so and a lot of people find this really comfortable. Or the other one is you bend your knees, bring the soles of the feet together, you might have to readjust the bolster slightly, and then this will take the pressure out of that lower back which will allow these internal organs to soften and sink down to the spine, as well you want to have yourself covered with a blanket.
So just keeping it in mind that your setup in relaxation is just as important as what you’re doing in the rest of your asanas, because this calms the mind and this is going to allow the body to remember what you’ve done within your practice.