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Flow into Yoga: Dead Body Pose

<p>Dead Body Pose &nbsp;| Submitted</p>

Dead Body Pose  | Submitted

Dead Body Pose or Savasana signals the end of the standing series and the beginning of the floor series in Bikram Yoga. The posture is a shift from doing to being, consciousness to awareness. Savasana presents the opportunity to truly observe the effects of the practice while regaining balance. The aim of Savasana is to let go of as much tension as possible by completely relaxing the body. This means doing absolutely nothing but breathing, a new and challenging concept for many. We begin to learn relaxation.  

To achieve:

• Lie on your back.

• Heels touch and toes fall out to the side. 

• Arms rest by your sides with the palms facing up. 

• Make sure the fingers and toes are relaxed.  

• Draw the shoulders down and back, flat against the floor. Find a place where the body feels completely at ease, supported by the floor.

• Eyes stay open. Gaze to the ceiling. 

• Breathe slowly and deeply. Encourage more tension to leave the body with each exhale. It is normal for the mind to wander off, but bring it back to the yoga room by keeping your attention on your breathing. With this awareness, you might start to notice how much tension is stored in the body without even realizing it.

Who would have thought that lying down flat on your back could benefit the body? Savasana brings the body into a natural state of balance, including blood pressure, respiratory rate and brain waves. This pose facilitates powerful blood flow, then lets circulation return to normal, creating internal cleansing and greatly magnifying the benefits of the postures that precede it. The body is relaxed and the mind is calm. Fatigue is cured and energy is restored.

Lyndsey Hemmesch is an instructor at Bikram Yoga Burr Ridge in Burr Ridge.

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