Say it: (shah-VAH-sah-nah)
“[This is] the ultimate relaxation pose of yoga in general,” Paloma says. “Savasana” literally translates to “corpse pose,” but don’t think of it in a morbid way. “The act of the pose is to absolutely do nothing, which can sometimes be rather difficult,” she says. There’s no need to focus on breathing technique or structure; this pose is designed so that you can really just rest in it.
Lay flat on the floor, and support the backs of your knees with a rolled-up blanket or towel. Support your head with a soft blanket or towel so your chin is gently tucked. Open your arms about 45-degrees away from your body, palms facing upward. Close your eyes, and spend 15-30 minutes in this pose.
Handy Hint: “It’s always really nice to support our heads and necks,” Paloma says. “We adapt all kinds of crazy head and neck habits over the years—whether you’re a dancer or on the computer often.”
“Restorative yoga is about finding quiet, dark, warm places that are calming to the [visceral] nervous system and, in turn, rejuvenating to the organs. Light, especially, is very stimulating, so you want to shut all the lights off,” Paloma says. Use a small scarf, eye pillow, or towel to cover your eyes and enhance the lights-off experience. The object’s weight on your forehead will alleviate racing thoughts, she says.
If you’re feeling a bit chilly, grab an extra blanket. “When you’re cold, you can’t relax, so it’s nice to have an additional blanket to keep warm,” she says. Want to set the mood with music? Choose soft, ambient sounds or nothing at all. “There are so little times in our lives that we get sheer silence,” Paloma says. “It’s important to learn how to just sit while being at ease.”
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