Corpse

SKILL LEVEL
  • Beginner
CATEGORY
  • Restorative
BENEFITS
  • Relaxes the central nervous system.
  • Realigns the body.
  • Calms the mind.
INSTRUCTIONS
  • Find a quiet place to practice this pose.
  • Lie flat on your back. Let your feet come as wide as the mat and fall open.
  • Relax your hands, palms facing up and tuck your shoulder blades underneath you.
  • Try to position your body so that you are aligned symmetrically.
  • Close your eyes and remain dead still for 5-20 minutes, allowing your body and mind to completely relax.
  • To come out of the pose, bring gentle movement into your fingers and toes, stretch your arms up overhead, roll onto your right side and bring your knees to your chest in the foetal position. Keeping your eyes closes, gently push yourself up to sitting.
  • Open your eyes.
MODIFICATIONS
  • You can put an eye pillow over your eyes for deeper relaxation.
  • You can also support your head and hands on blankets.
  • If you have lower back pain, you may feel more comfortable with a pillow or bolster under your knees.
TIMING
  • Final Resting Pose, Corpse or savasana usually comes at the end of a yoga class but it is equally suitable after a hard training session to calm your central nervous system and help you shift from sympathetic “fight or flight” to parasympathetic “rest and digest” mode.

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