How to Rest (Part 1 of 5)

Technique #1 - Body Scan

Savasana aka “Corpse pose” is one of the most challenging beginner poses. At first it seems almost impossible to quiet the mind as it thinks about the (100 + 1) things you could be doing other than lying on the floor! Not to mention if you lay there long enough, the searing discomfort and pains felt in the low back, shoulders and back of the head. However, this is a most important posture. In corpse pose, gravity settles the muscles and resets the spine. It is not only a way to “seal” your asana practice, but even when you haven’t done asana at all Savasana, is the perfect way to settle the mind. In the supine position the mind eventually quiets. A good way to focus and allow thoughts to slow is to practice a “body scan” technique while in corpse pose. Start at the toes and work your way individually to the top of the head. Bring attention and awareness to the body part “at hand.”