Śavāsana - Corpse Pose
sava = corpse
Also called Mrtasana (mrit-TAHS-anna, mrta = death)
This version of the classic relaxation posture is great for tightness in the back, but can be used by anyone to give a more settled feeling in the pelvis and a deeper sense of release through support.
Lay down flat with a lift under the top section of your neck and the bottom of the skull (approximately two finger widths from base of skull upwards above/on lift) and a bolster under your knees (create one from rolled blankets if needs be) and place on top of yoga block or other even foundation of approximately 10-15 cm high). Rest the backs of the heels on an even firm support (10 cm high approximately).
Turn the palms of the hands up with your hands away from your hips (1 foot approximately) and tuck the shoulder blades under towards the feet.
DURATION: Several minutes.
FOCUS: Allow yourself to detect any waves of warmth or tingles in the sensitive body zones (soles of feet, backs of knees, inner thighs, gluteal creases – the meeting of the thighs and buttocks, the genitals, spine, tummy, soft chest skin, throat and face). Allow those sensations to circulate and settle and let the mind rest.