The Corpse Pose or Savasana is a classic relaxation pose, practised before a yoga session, in between and afterwards in the final relaxation. It looks deceptively easy, but it is one of the most difficult asanas to do well.
Here's what to do:
- Lie on your back, spreading your feet about half a metre apart and your hands about 15 cm from your sides, palms facing up.
- Ease yourself into the pose, making sure your body is symmetrical.
- Rotate your legs in and out, then let your thighs, knees and toes fall gently outwards. Do the same with your arms.
- Move your head from side to side, then gently bring it back to the centre.
- Close your eyes and breathe deeply into your tummy. Watch the tummy rising and falling. Let gravity embrace you.
- Feel your weight pulling you deeper into relaxation, melting your body into the floor. As you enter deep relaxation, you will feel your mind grow silent, clear and detached.
Physiological changes include the lowering of your respiration and heart beat. It will also reduce your body's energy loss, remove your stress and rest your whole system.
(Pictures by Spirit of Light Yoga Studio, Terry de Vries, Stellenbosch (021) 883-9938)