How do you achieve complete relaxation? Get rid of the thousands of thoughts running through your head. With Savasana, the body and mind relax.
I feel touched as I look around in the yoga room. I just taught my students Savasana – the latest yoga pose. They lie on their backs when I invite them to relax their bodies as fully as possible. And relaxation is not easy for everyone – I can still see eyes looking around, fingers moving tirelessly or students trying to reach their faces. I just reminded them that this position of total relaxation helps you let go of everyday things, thoughts, emails, phone calls, and shopping lists. And they are all the moments that prepare you for the great redemption, that is, your death.
In this situation I really felt for the first time that my only certainty in this life was that everything had changed. As I lay sweaty and sprawled on the floor, I could feel my body changing every minute. And that I witness this with others, it moves me every time. Oddly enough, in this situation, I also feel the most grateful for having a body. Also because I know it’s temporary.
Also try corpse positioning, bearing in mind that it prepares you to let go of things small and big, and may prepare you for the moment of death.
To make the position as cozy and comfortable as possible, make sure that you wear warm clothes or cover yourself with a blanket. Also keep some tools on hand, such as a pillow, eye pad, or cubes.
Lie on your back, keeping your knees bent, and your feet on the floor.
Extend your arms along your torso and raise your palms. This keeps the front of your body open. Make sure there is room for your armpits, and move your arms more to the side if necessary.
Turn your head slightly to the right and left. Then place the back of your skull in the middle. Bring your chin slightly toward the sternum, extending your neck and keeping your throat clear.
advice: You can put a blanket under your head if you find yourself pressing down on your neck or shoulders. Choose a height so that your forehead is slightly higher than your chin.
The fourth step:
Move your eyes a little and then move them to silence. You can close your eyes, or keep something open if that makes you more comfortable.
advice: You can also place a pillow or scarf over your eyes to block out the light or for (extra) relaxation.
Now slowly extend your legs one by one on the floor. When you lie down on the yoga mat, spread the width of the mat to your feet. Feel free to let your legs roll.
advice: If you feel (extreme) pressure in your lower back, place a folded blanket or pillow under your knees, or one piece under each thigh. This gives the area around the lower back and sacrum more space, so relax.
advice: To improve your posture, you can also place a pillow or sandbag on your stomach. This can invite you to relax more deeply.
Then take a deep breath. Breathe in or exhale through your mouth. Let your jaw rest, smooth your face. Let your breath find a natural rhythm. Feel your breath breathe. Relax your tongue. Take a deep breath if you find yourself stuck in thoughts, holding on to unnecessary tension in a part of the body, or because you love it.
advice: You can also consciously tighten each part of the body and then relax again. This stimulates the body to let go and move toward complete surrender.
Stay in this position for ten minutes.
Abandonment is also to die a little
My yoga mat is the first place I’ve prepared ‘die’. At first, it was uncomfortable for me to train on dying. I know that one day I will say goodbye to my body. I just don’t know when. Now I train almost daily to be fully present, right now, in my body. I try to relax my muscles. Any muscle of surrender or grace or perhaps gratitude? – I will really rest, and I will find out only when the time comes. Until then, I will – in a wonderful way – come back to life.
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