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Corpse

SKILL LEVEL
  • Beginner
CATEGORY
BENEFITS
  • Relaxes the central nervous system.
  • Realigns the body.
  • Calms the mind.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Set-Up

    Find a quiet place to practice this pose.

  • Action

    Lie flat on your back. Let your feet come as wide as the mat and fall open. Relax your hands, palms facing up and tuck your shoulder blades underneath you.

  • Refinements

    Try to position your body so that you are symmetrically aligned.

  • Props

    You can put an eye pillow over your eyes for deeper relaxation and support your head and hands on blankets. If you have lower back pain, you may feel more comfortable with a pillow or bolster under your knees.

  • Duration

    Close your eyes and remain dead still for 5-20 minutes, allowing your body and mind to completely relax.

  • To Release

    Bring gentle movement into your fingers and toes and stretch your arms up overhead. Roll onto your right side and bring your knees to your chest. Keeping your eyes closes, gently push yourself up to sitting. Open your eyes.

TIMING
  • Final Resting Pose, Corpse or śavāsana usually comes at the end of a yoga class but it is equally powerful after a hard training session to help you transition from sympathetic to parasympathetic mode.
MASTER FINAL RESTING POSE

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