Savasana, or corpse pose, looks like a very easy posture (you may have even seen the “I’m here for the savasana” t-shirts) and while it may not be physically demanding, it is very challenging to completely still the body and the mind while remaining alert and aware. Usually what happens is people get bored or distracted and start moving around, or they fall completely asleep.
You have to try to find the bridge between the awareness and the sleep state. As you sleep your awareness turns off (its very hard to remember the exact time when you fell asleep, because the waking awareness just gets shut off). In savasana you must resist the temptation to fall asleep but equally resist the temptation to get lost in the imagination.
Various techniques can be employed for keeping the awareness focused and functioning during the savasana. Some popular ones we use are;
While giving a class the teacher can also chant a mantra and ask the students to focus on the sound and the vibrations it produces in the body, this is particularly helpful for beginner students who find it difficult to calm the mind.
Savasana is particularly useful for a full body reset. If you are able to enter into 5 minutes of proper savasana, you can remove the fatigue and stress from the body, get back up energized ready to carry on.
Shavasana or Savasana can be done at any time either in between your yoga practice or at the end of the practice. This posture is also called Mritasana (a dead man’s pose)
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