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Shavasana Three Different Ways

Posted by terrepruitt on May 31, 2017

This will be the fourth post that is showing an example of three different ways to cue. The three basic ways to cue that I’m talking about are: just referencing body parts and how to move them, that is Anatomic. Then there is where you talk about how the pose or movement is sensed in the body, that is Sensory. A third way is using images and known movements to help people to get into a pose, that’s Imagery. I am confident that most teachers do a mixture and most students probably aren’t even aware of the three different ways. There really is no need to be aware of them and see the difference. I just think it is interesting. It is really interesting – to me – as a teacher to see how different students respond to different cues. Sometimes I find that I have to cue a movement with more than one way in order to get everyone to move. But that doesn’t happen often. For now, this will be my last “Three Cue” post. I can see myself picking more asana in the future to cue the three different ways, but for now I am going to end with Shavasana.  I don’t know how to add just audio to a post, so I did it as a video.  Just me talking while filming a candle burning.  But they are short, so hopefully you’ll listen.

Savasana (Corpse Pose)

Lie on your back and close your eyes. Before you relax lengthen your spine, reaching the crown of your head away from your neck, and your ribs away from your hips. Allow your legs to relax, your feet falling comfortably as they may. Let collar bones move away from each other, opening your chest. Your arms are on the floor running the length of your body. Your hands are at hip level wider than shoulder width, so somewhat away from your body. Palms are up. Fingers are relaxed so they might curl. Breathe and relax. Becoming heavy on the floor.

Lie on your back gaze toward the sky even with your eyes closed. Sense your head moving away from your shoulders. Sense your shoulders relax. Create space between your ribs and your hips. And create space between each rib. Sense your spine lengthen. Your legs are soft so your feet may fall gently outwards. Your arms feel the earth down their entire length, because they are straight and resting comfortably on the earth. Feel the ground with the back of your hands, as your palms face the sky. Your hands are down near your hips but away from them, wider than your shoulders. Breathe, let the relaxation be a sense of pleasant heaviness.

As you lie down close your eyes and imagine you are floating on a cloud. Everything is comfortable. Your entire body is happy because of the practice you just did. Your elongated spine has a lot of comfortable space between each back bone. Your legs are relaxed allowing your feet to gently fall where they may. Your arms are straight with back of palms on the cloud. There is space between your hips and hands. As you float your arms become heavy, sinking into the softness of the cloud. Your breath is even and relaxed. Every muscle from your head to your toes relaxes into the fluffiness of the cloud.

So there you have it.  Perhaps bringing a new awareness to your practice and your poses with knowing about the three different ways.  Perhaps not.  As I said, not something you really need to know, just something cool, if you are interested in that type of stuff.

Any thoughts on the three different ways to cue?  Any thoughts on the cuing of this pose?

4 Responses to “Shavasana Three Different Ways”

  1. They seem like all good cues for this pose. I don’t know that there is a better one or not. Sometimes the instructor at the sessions I attend plays music and there is silence except for that music for a few minutes. Then there are some words to move out of the pose which completes the session.

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    • Ahhh. I do my talking at the beginning. I am a stickler for shavasana. It is my opinion (I realize it is just my opinion and my students may have other ones) that people in the area in which I live need to stop and just be. So I work towards giving them 10 minutes of shavasana. It usually ends up being less, but I try for the 10 minutes. And since so many people find it challenging, I figure that if I talk through half of it (or so), it will soften the reality of lying still for 10 minutes. So there is music throughout the length of the class so it just continues through shavasana. Then I talk them through relaxation for about 5 minutes. I don’t actually tell them how to DO the pose, as much as I ask them to bring attention to their body and the sensations we just practiced. I have a poem that I want to read, but I always forget to bring it. I always want to try to mix it up, but I usually end up doing it the same way. )h – I do talk them out of the pose, too, we don’t just sit up then go. 🙂

      Thanks, Frank for reading through the series and commenting. I really appreciate it!

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      • What sort of music do you use or recommend?

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        • I personally like nature sounds with a bit of music. Not SUDDEN nature sounds or SUDDEN instruments . . . just mellow and consistent. There are also some great songs from Nia (another modality that I teach) that are very nice to use during yoga.

          I like gently water and gently birds. I prefer no words because that is distracting to me.

          I would recommend music that helps calm you and bring you peace . . . nothing that makes you want to dance or that distracts you. Music that one plays during their practice can be very personal. But as I said, I recommend calming music that does not distract you.

          Once I was in a yoga class and the instructor played a very “top-10” song and it was one that I loved that made me want to move. And she had had us close our eyes and I just couldn’t help moving to it. I didn’t move my entire body, but my hands flew open on the chorus and I think she actually ended up turning it down because I was just ready to jump up and dance!! So . . . music in a class can be challenging, but for your personal use it is easier for you to choose something that you can concentrate with while it is on. Some people don’t like any music, so it is really very personal.

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