I’ve spent the past few years, teaching Hatha Flow and Restorative Yoga classes, which means I’ve taught, assisted, and observed a lot of my favorite and most-recommended pose: Corpse Pose, Savasana. I’ve found such a beautiful challenge and connection to this pose that I’ve even taught a few workshops on just Corpse Pose. And over the years, I’ve seen many styles of Corpse Posers.
These are the Top 3 Types of Corpse Posers I’m continually witness to:
(Read on to see if any of these sound familiar to you!..)
1. The Sleepers — This group needs no explanation. I mean, chances are we’ve ALL been a part of this group at some point in our journey as yogis.. your body is so warm, the Savasana is so comfortable, aaaand you are so tired. Time to catch some shut-eye, during Savasana?! The Sleepers are falling asleep every time they practice Savasana, they are sleep deprived.
If this is you, here’s a few ideas to help you help yourself:
Get more sleep.
Go to bed a half hour early. Or plan your day so you can sleep a half hour later. Gradually increase this, until you are sleeping at least 7-9 hours a night.
Get more quality sleep.
Try a natural Ayurvedic herbal sleep aid:
Blissful Sleep — for those who have trouble falling asleep, the herbs in this formula produce a calming, balancing effect that helps your sleep become more restful, more blissful.
Deep Rest — for those who have difficulty staying asleep, wake up in the middle of the night, or wake up after less than six hours of sleep. For uninterrupted and restful sleep, this refreshing herbal formulation is for you!
2. The Movers — the foot twitchers, the itch scratchers, the subtle shifters, The Movers can not be still. Each and every thing disrupts the effort to find physical (and mental) stillness, its agonizing.
If this sounds familiar to you, try just letting it go. You will be amazed by the comfort, bliss, and stillness that resides within.
Keep in mind that the itch, left unscratched will eventually fade away, both physically and mentally. Make subtle shifts in the beginning of Savasana and then resolve to remain still, completely still. Notice the freedom that comes with this practice. Practice this 20 minutes. daily.
3. The Shakers — By my observation, the Corpse Posers that can shake it all off are winning, these are The Shakers. The nose itch, the soft tickle of hair on the face, or the sound of a bass-y car just outside will not phase The Shaker. Nothing can rattle them. Time spent practicing the seduction of remaining still and mimicking the Pose of a Corpse allows the practitioner to surrender and absorb the beautiful comfort and familiarity of the pose. In daily practice of this pose, we can in fact, find ourselves vitally alive in Corpse Pose.
Whichever style of Corpse Poser you may find yourself to be, keep in mind that yoga is a lifetime of practice. It is a lifestyle. If you are The Sleeper or The Mover, just as with any yoga asana, practice and patience are the foundations upon which to build and find comfort within.