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At the end of a yoga class, the instructor has us lie down in corpse pose, or shavasana.  Shavasana means relaxation in Sanskrit.  We don’t have to wait for the end of a yoga class to practice this!  Shavasana is a conscious letting-go of tension.  To get into this mode, find a place on the floor where you can be comfortable, and stretch out on your back.  Place your legs slightly apart, and rest your arms alongside your body with the palms upward.  Vatas may want to cover themselves with a blanket to keep warm.  Allow your body weight to sink into the floor.  Relax each part of your body, from your toes up to your head, looking for areas where you may be holding tension, and breathing the tension out of the body.  As you relax, bring your attention to your breath.  Shavasana is a state of restful awareness, so try not to fall asleep!

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