Savasana (Corpse Pose) — A Difficult Relaxation Pose

Savasana, a pose often used for relaxation at the end of a session, and a favorite for students. It may seem like the perfect nap time at the end of the yoga practice. But you actually have to be fully conscious, yet being completely relaxed.

Not everyone can be happily balanced and relaxed in this pose. I have friends with anxiety issues that find it hard to find comfort in the pose. The body twitches, the mind is preoccupied, and sometimes they open their eyes and come out of the pose.

Personally, I found it hard to relax my body when I first experienced the pose. I heard the instructions to relax each part of my body, however I could not release the tension of the muscles on command. Only with more practice, my body was aligned with my mind, and releasing the tensions in both body and mind. At times, I also found the pose to be extremely humbling, such as crying over a dearly departed pet and being thankful to my body for achieving a peak pose during the practice.

200 Hour YTT Feb-May’21