SURRENDER TO CALMNESS… “Because the time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.”

Savasana/ Corpse Pose

Classification/ Symmetrical Supine Pose

Hey there, during a Yoga practice we learn how to develop skills to deal with our daily challenges.

And as such, awareness regards our breath, how to improve its quality and let it help us during those challenges.

However, as a Yoga practicioner and facilitator, I keep learning everyday from the relaxation and closing part known as Savasana.

Savasana is the ultimate act of conscious surrender. It takes practice and patience to surrender easily

It’s no new that our minds have the tendency to resist deep relaxation.  Otherwise we wouldn’t be having to deal with rising anxiety statistics within our population. 

Even when our body is receptive to the rest during this section of the practice, hunting thoughts might get in the way…

Such as:

What am I making for dinner when I get home?

Is this relationship really working out?

Did I moved the laundry to the dryer, before taking off?

I’m hungryyyy.

What’s my life all about, anyway?

I smell like sweat.

Will this take forever?

Did that guy just snore? That’s so embarrassing.

I hope I didn’t just snore… 

Yes, don’t smile or roll up the eyes because if it hasn’t happened, you will remember this article; when it does.


Benefits:

It relaxes your whole body.

Beneficial for those suffering from neurological problem, asthma, constipation, diabetes, indigestion.

Improves concentration.
Cures insomnia.

Relaxes your muscles.

Calms the mind and improves mental health.

Excellent asana for stimulating blood circulation.

Releases stress, fatigue, depression and tension.
This Corpse pose (translation of savasana)  helps us learn how to completely surrender, to acknowledge about our thoughts by letting them go without attachment and judgement, stop fighting the clock, and make space for peace and harmony to fill the soul.

 Basically is parallel to turning off our computer when it’s acting up. 

We know that rebooting it develops greater functionability.



Recommendations to maximize the benefits of Savasana:

1. Set yourself up for success. 

Stretch out on your mat and be sure you’re completely comfortable. 

Use bolsters, pillows, blankets, and cover your eyes with an eye pillow or towel (It really helps), by the way, there will be a difference.

The more comfortable you are, the more you can relax. 

The more relaxed you are, the more easily you can surrender. 

The more open you are to surrendering, the more benefits you’ll receive.


2. Take one final cleansing breath. 

Your teacher will likely prompt you to take one audible exhale, signaling to your body to release into the pose. 

This cleansing breath also sends a message to your parasympathetic nervous system that it is safe to relax and be just as you are.

I recommend Shitali (cooling) breath. 

Shitali is explained in an article, JUST BREATHE AND BE THE ENERGY YOU WANT TO ATTRACT….posted on September 24, 2916 on this blog.


3. Scan for tension. Mentally run through all the parts of your body and try to make them heavier. 

Be on the lookout for tension hiding in the jaw, temples, shoulders, and hips because stress likes to accumulate in these areas.


4. Then, just notice. Some days will be easier than others, and that’s part of the practice. 

See if you can be still, at ease, and simply trust that the breath will carry you to the next moment. 

Watch for those peaceful moments of quiet between the thoughts. 

Over time, they’ll get longer, and you’ll find more inner quiet.


5. Set an intention.

Before you come out of Savasana, take a mental snapshot of how you feel on every level.

 Ask yourself what you’d like to take with you from your practice, and what you might like to leave behind. 

Seal these observations into your psyche with an inner smile, and then enjoy a deep inhale to awaken and emerge into your day. 

Now take a moment to notice that you feel more rested, awake, and alive than you did before.


Savasana is a time of rest, but not a time to sleep. If you have a tendency to fall asleep, the first step is to be compassionate with yourself, and acknowledge that your body needed some rest. 

Over time, you can train yourself to achieve the rest you need while remaining awake.


Give your Savasana the same attention you give to your Adho Mukha Svanasana ( Downward  Facing dog)and your Virabhadrasana (Warrior II) poses, and notice the effects.

 If you consistently practice calm and surrender on the mat, it will become easier when you’re no longer on it, which is ultimately why we all practice yoga in the first place.


Last but not least:

To learn to see

 to accustom the eye

 to calmness,

 to patience, 

and

 to allow things to come up to it; 

to defer judgment,

 and to acquire the habit of approaching

 and grasping an individual case from all sides. 

This is the first preparatory schooling of intellectuality. 

One must not respond immediately to a stimulus; one must acquire a command of the obstructing and isolating instincts.

-Friedrich Nietzsche



Author:
Glenda Lee Santos; Humble Military and Yoga Warrior; RYT-200 hrs; Criminal Justice, BA; Holistic Practitioner with Foundation in Yoga and Ayurveda.


*  Dedicated to Semperlee and Anahata Yoga practicioners at FT. Buchanan, Guaynabo P.R.


References:

Yoga Anatomy/ Leslie Karminoff , Amy Mathews (2nd ed.)2012.

Journey Into Power/ Baron Baptiste ( Fireside ed. )

Smithsonian Human, The Definitive Visual Guide/Robert Winston, Dr. Don E Wilson

http://www.chopra.com

http://www.yogajournal.com

 

Courtesy of Semperlee Yoga Corp.



Semperlee Yoga © 2016 All Rights Reserved.

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