Perfect Shavasana

For some reason, Guruji had a bunch of different names for some of the most basic asanas. For example, what most everyone calls tadasana, he called samasthithi. Tadasana for him was a fourth series pose, similar to ‘first position’ in ballet. And what most everyone calls ‘shavasana’, he called taking rest. ‘Shava’ means ‘corpse’, and for Guruji it was the last pose of the advanced sequences, and mimicked a body after rigor mortis sets in. In this pose you are supposed to be able to hold yourself so stiffly that if someone lifted you up by your head, you would come right up on your feet without your body bending, and vice-versa. Of course, once rigor mortis completes its phase, the body becomes limp again – so perhaps there should really be ‘shavasana A and B’. In any case, please see the below for a demonstration of shavasana performed correctly. And then skip to 3:20 or so for a cool dance finale. And definitely don’t miss the last frame for an awesomely serene ending. Thanks, Blake, for sending me the video!

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