**ONE MINUTE YOGA – SAVASANA RELAXATION**

This pose is good to try at the beginning, middle or end of a session to help you relax, rest, restore, reflect, observe change and counterpose. It helps you to come into the moment and promote inner focus and awareness.

 

  1. Step-by-step techniqueLeave plenty of space between your legs so that tension does notbuild in your hips. Let your feet fall outwards, rotating from your hips. If your feet point upwards you may be holding tension in your calf or thigh muscles. Leave plenty of space between your arms and your upper body. If your arms are too close then your shoulder, back and chest muscles will be too tense. Your fingers should be half- closed: if they are straight or fisted then you will be carrying tension; rotating the palms inwards and outwards will help
  2. Your shoulderblades should soften and fall back onto the floor and your chin should be tucked in towards your chest, creating space in the cervical vertebrae. If your chin is pointing upwards, the cervical vertebrae are constricted and your neck muscles are tense. Place a pillow or blanket under your knees if your lower back is tight. Finally, your facial muscles, eye sockets, cheekbones, lips, jaw and tongue should be soft.

You can stay in the pose from 5 – 10 minutes.

Practise, practise, practise Like fine wine, equanimity improves over time. Even if you don’t happen to feel completely blissed-out in Savasana today, you are priming the body for quiet and ease tomorrow. Repeatedly practising restful postures greases the wheel of relaxation, so you will be able to quickly and easily drop into a deep state of ease further down the line

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