Monday, October 25, 2010

On Solid Ground ~ Part VIII

Here's the sixth and final of the Restorative poses from Yoga Journal's article (Winter 2010 - link at bottom of page).

Reverse Savasana (Corpse Pose), variation

By Karen Macklin
Sequence by Jillian Pransky

This reversed variation can feel more secure for someone who feels vulnerable in Savasana. Lie on your belly. Turn your head to the right. Bring your arms out to the side, elbows bent. Take your right knee out to the side. If needed, place a blanket for cushioning and support under the right arm, knee, thigh, belly, or all four. Cover your entire body with a blanket, including the exposed soles of your feet. After a couple of minutes, turn your head to the other side and switch the position of the knees. Stay here 5 to 10 minutes, releasing your whole front body into the ground.

Sara's Note: This is the last pose in the sequence. If you would like to read the entire article at Yoga Journal's website click here. I love how many blankets and bolsters have been used in this sequence. The more comfortable you can make yourself, the more your body can soften. Enjoy.


Kristin said...

Thanks for touching on savasana - I think both teachers and students forget or are not aware that reposing on one's back can be *so* uncomfortable for some, but they are too embarassed to admit it because "that's what you do".

I've been trying to offer the option of crocodile pose (on stomach resting forehead on arms), or "classic Buddha" pose (easy seated position) as alternatives.

One class I ended with everyone on their stomachs - and a couple people admitted they fell asleep they were so comfortable! :)

Sara said...

Hi Kristin -

I have a hard time in Savasana myself and laying on my stomach isn't comfortable either.

For final resting position I usually lay on my back with my knees bent and a small prop under my lumbar. That seems to alleviate the discomfort most of the time.

In my classes I encourage people to find whatever is their most comfortable position which could mean laying on your back, stomach, or side, or even coming to seated.