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#28daysofyin Day 17 - Savasana: Key to Conscious Relaxation

#28daysofyin Day 17 - Savasana: Key to Conscious Relaxation

 

#28daysofyin Savasana is more a state of awareness than it is a physical position. It’s a state of conscious relaxation. Though we all know it as being flat out on our backs, usually with our arms to our side, palms up (though our models here are just chilling on the grass at Woodford Folk Festival). Basically, in this state of deep relaxation all the energy accumulated in your practice and all the neural pathways created, all the motor and muscle connections stimulated, all the ‘in-formation’ of the practice is settled, literally, in form, into your body and registered and stabilised in your energetic system. The body uses the fascial system to send piezo-electric currents through the tissue to distribute energy to where its needed most, and this pose recharges and renews you. Yay for Savasana. It relaxes your mind + body, integrates your left and right brains + right and left sides, calms your systems - circulatory, respiratory, nervous etc…it’s big medicine. I personally always try and leave about ten minutes for Savasana in a class, longer if possible. An adult, as they relax in Savasana, goes through the fully-awake beta phase, through the alpha phase (pretty damn relaxed - think deep relaxation or meditation) into the theta phase (think almost like hypnosis, this is a very deep, very powerful creative and spiritual space) - we need 10-15 mins to reach this stage. On of my favourite things about Savasana is how in encompasses the Life-Death-Life cycle of Nature. Savasana translates to the pose of the corpse, and the way in which it offers up the opportunity for us to die every day in order to be reborn anew is quite beautiful. I don’t mean literally die, of course, though many advanced yogis can slow their heart rates such that they appear dead…rather, to die an ego death, to let go of a part of ourselves that is grasping, holding on, causing us suffering. To let go of our expectations and our fears and our worries and our EVERYTHING and just be in our spacious interior. That’s pretty yummy, and points us toward deeper stages of meditation. Iyengar said that Savasana was like ‘shedding’ - “like a snake shedding its skin to emerge glossy and resplendent>>>

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  • Delete Commenttahneemccrossin>>> resplendent in its renewed colours." Savasana also tunes us in and connects us to our koshas (our five bodies in yoga ‘sheaths’ - physical, astral, emotional, mental, spirit). We feel with our physical bodies the earth, our clothes, our blood, our tension, our softening. We sense with our astral bodies the space around us, the ‘vibe’ of the room, the ‘feel’ of the teacher. We perceive the emotions that arise in the body, watching where with curiosity and wonder. We see our thoughts, speaking in the language of the mind. And we witness it all and find ourselves lingering in a space of pure awareness, connected to spirit. We experience safety, openness, trust, and deep rest in this pose. It’s Sunday after all. Have a good one yogis. #28daysofyin #savasana#rest #yogaanywhere #woodfordfolkfestival#yinonthegrass
#28daysofyin Day 18 - Jumping into Five Elements

#28daysofyin Day 18 - Jumping into Five Elements

#28daysofyin Day 16: Engaging Fascia and Releasing Deep Tension

#28daysofyin Day 16: Engaging Fascia and Releasing Deep Tension