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Pink Ribbon Yoga is for Caregivers, Too /
By Cheryl Ellis, Staff Writer
Savasana (pronounced Sha-vah-sah-nah)
Sometimes called “corpse” pose because of the
positioning and stillness, “resurrection”
provides a kinder, more apt name, focusing on
its restorative effect.
Lie flat on your back, arms about six inches
away from your body. Your legs are
relaxed, and the feet will naturally fall to the
outer sides of your body line. Palms face
upward, with the intention of receiving healing
energy from the heavens.
In yoga, energy is thought to circulate, not
only within the body, but from all points of the
universe. By focusing on receiving energy,
caregivers offer themselves the opportunity to
relax physically, but also visualize and
practice receiving from a source outside them.
This transfers to daily life, where expressing
the need for help, and then being willing to
accept the help is necessary.
Modified Standing Pose
This standing pose is modified by sitting
comfortably erect in a chair that allows the
back to be straight, but not stiff. The
hands are folded into a prayer position, over
the heart. Head and neck are relaxed, and
the visualization is of the spine being strong,
like a tree trunk, while the head gently floats
atop, like the sun in the sky.
Prayer position of hands is called a mudra, and
in yoga there are many hand positions that
signify particular meanings. This one is
called “Namaste,” a Sanskrit word that
translates to “My evolved self reaches and
connects to the evolved self in everyone.” When
one person says it to another, it is as a
greeting, thanks, or simple connecting of those
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