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Corpse pose yoga – day 12 of 14

5
May

Today when I lay down in shavasana my arms are very close to my body which feels ramrod straight. I wonder what it would feel like for the body to be dead. Corpse pose. I think about the fact that this is a contradictory thought – a dead body wouldn’t know what it feels like to be a dead body. After a while I feel prana moving around my toes, legs and then dancing around all parts of my body from one place to the next.

A while later I suddenly get a visual in my mind’s eye of my spine with the chakras as yellow paper flowers opening when I breathe in and closing when I breathe out. Spine has become lungs….like bellows filling and emptying with air-energy. The chakra-flowers like pretty paper parasols pinging open and flopping shut. I enjoy this breath-visualisation-sensation for….I don’t know how long.
When I open my eyes I notice that a deep peace has filled me up. I lay still enjoying that for….I don’t know how long. When I get up the body moves peacefully. I notice that the room seems stiller than it did before and there is more space around each object.

 

Yoga : corpse pose day 7of 14

30
Apr

Today when I lay down in shavasana (corpse pose) my navel chakra is warm – like there’s a mini sun shining down on it. This is the place of food and the thinking mind (manas). There is a verse in the Upanishads that says that the most physical part of food is excreted from the body; the subtle part of food is absorbed into the body and the subtlest part is absorbed into the thinking mind. Food nourishes mind.

Corpse Pose Day 1of 14

24
Apr

So I’ve just had a whim to journal and share my shavasana practice for the next 14 days. So here goes.

Today as soon as I lay down in shavasana I had an image of threads of gold surrounding me from above. This image came directly from a meditation I had had years ago. It always fascinates me when meditation images come back. The prior significance is present but augmented by today’s interpretation. The act of relaxing into shavasana immediately brought forward my internal vision. I find increasingly that my internal senses impinge on my external body-world reality. Often there is no separation between the two. So Shava allows Chit Shakti (the power of consciousness) to flow manifesting as internal, subtle senses.

 Shava + Shakti = Shiva
Shiva consciousness constantly acts in the body making continual change. Dissolving and creating cells, muscle, blood, bone, breath, sight . And here I lay suspended in threads of gold – an internal external surrender.