At the end of a yoga class, we mostly see people lying flat on their backs with their legs long and the arms by their sides in corpse pose. This is a great way to end your yoga practice. But only if this a comfortable for you. The idea of savasana is to let go, stop doing and allow yourself to be. Savasana is a time to pause and let all the wonderful things we practice in a yoga class to settle into our bodies, mind, and spirit.
If you are uncomfortable, it is hard to let go. All you are thinking about is the discomfort. So give yourself permission to find a position that is comfortable. Comfort should overrule position.
Here are some of my favorite alternatives to corpse pose.
· Constructive Rest Pose – Bring the soles of the feet to the ground, knees together and arms resting on your belly. This option helps with low back discomfort and anxiety.
· Blanket or bolster under your knees – in corpse pose place a folded blanket or bolster under your knees to soften the low back.
· Blanket under your hips – in corpse pose place a blanket under your hips to soften the low back
· Place a blanket or sand bag on your chest – in corpse or constructive rest pose place a blanket or sand bag on your chest to ease anxiety
· Legs up the wall – If you have a wall available, put your leg up the wall to rest sore or tried feet and legs.
What is your favorite alternative to corpse pose?