Savasana has always been a challenge to me. I can keep focused when doing most of the asanas and take my time with them, but as soon as I get into savasana, my thoughts gravitate towards work and other things that await my attention. As a result, savasana is shortened.
I start by getting into the pose with my eyes closed. I work on feeling my different body parts softening and relaxing — legs, arms, spine, head, face…I then start taking notice of my breathing — slowing down, evenly-spaced, quiet. While in this quiet and relaxed state, I slowly open my eyes. I look around, whatever my visual field can sense without turning my head. With my eyes open, I consciously become aware of my relaxed state — my body parts not moving, my breathing….then I close my eyes once more. I stay this way for a few more breaths and then I start my “getting-out-of-the-pose” sequence for savasana.
Opening my eyes while in savasana gives me a concrete and actual experience of how I should be like when I am awake — calm, easy, soothing… Try it!