In Yoga Nidra nap meditation, we’re invited to recline in Savasana whenever possible.
It’s easy to take Savasana for granted if you’ve been practicing physical yoga for a while. Here are a few primers and adaptations on Savasana, also known as Corpse Pose. Whether you are new to this pose, or a seasoned yogi(ni), it is worthwhile exploring options for optimal comfort.
1) Comfort, comfort, comfort. This is essential if we want the body to release its tension and rest. (A note on pain and discomfort: If you are experiencing chronic or periodic pain or discomfort, do not let this point discourage you. If anything, let it be an invitation to place extra care in positioning the body to optimize release and freedom.)
2) Spine in a neutral position. When lying down or reclining at an angle, make sure both the front and back body feel comfortable. Anatomical neutral is not straight, but rather beautifully wavy, and should allow you to feel that all 4 sides of your body (back, front and sides) are supported.
3) Props: Use whatever you have on hand. While yoga bolsters and blocks are nice, they are not necessary. As you can see from these pictures, rolled-up blankets, pillows, walls, folded towels are just perfect.
4) Where you lie down is up to you. Ideally, find a space where you will not be interrupted. For some of us that might be the laundry room or the bathroom floor (yes, been there). Others might have access to a quiet bedroom or garage (like me in these pictures - welcome to the Yoga Garage!). If you decide to recline on your bed, try setting your head in the opposite direction from which you normally sleep and do not slip under the covers.
5) Warmth. Use a blanket, wear socks. The body temperature will drop as the body relaxes.
6) I think that covers it, but I'm sure I'm forgetting something. Do send me your questions and I'll make sure to address them.