Corpse Pose (Savasana)
It is traditional practice to lay in corpse pose between postures when winded as well as at the end of a full Yoga poses (asana) practice. The technique is virtually the same across the globe as to how to come in and out of the posture with the added bonus in some lineages or styles of Yoga of clenching the entire body first in order to release completely into this pose.
While Corpse Pose technique is important for relaxation of muscle and joints as well the neurological signaling to support a prolonged parasympathetic state where in the body rests and digests most efficiently, it is paramount to understand that the soul is nesting in Corpse Pose regenerating and blossoming in liberation (moksha). Corpse Pose is designed as liberation from all the shoulds and musts as well as a release from other compulsions of human conditioning. Corpse Pose is different than sleep not only for the reason that you remain awake but also for the intention activated within Corpse Pose. The mind must often catch up with the body, having many preconceptions and confused ideas conflicting with pure intelligent energy devoted to movement forward. We all too often “feel” compelled to frame every experience in a socially accepting way, rather than just simply being in the moment in awe of the sensations dancing throughout our entire being.
For every past physical restraint or beating, through the silence and despair and other immobilizing trauma there is a Corpse Posture to release negative impressions and bonds. During a Yoga poses practice postures are designed to raise awareness of internal power; even the blocks yet to be overcome reveal power to stop, being just as important as the power to go. Corpse Pose brings together all the poses you experience. The sweetness of corpse pose rises and falls with effort and focus given during practice. Corpse Pose is a culmination of joy, a release of pain. As long as the bonds that tie the soul remain tight, the surrender in Corpse Pose will be hurried, wrought with worry or drift exhaustedly into unconscious sleep. None of these states are wrong, a stressed state is designed to move you along, but there is a time to be absolutely free and untouched by the world, a state where in you are suspended in this world in utter peace. Take your time in Corpse Pose; explore what it means to float for bliss is the essence of who you are.
May all beings everywhere be happy and free. Namaste.