Viśrāma – rest
«Laying down on the ground, like a corpse, is called Sava-asana. It removes fatigue and gives rest to the mind» (Hathayoga-pradīpikā, 1.32)
The word viśrama means “rest”, as in the translation above, but also ”relaxation”, “calm”, “tranquility”. Undoubtedly śava-āsana is the most relaxing pose, in spite of the idea of the corpse, which can be disturbing. Usually it is everyone’s favorite in hatha-yoga sessions. It is often said that ten minutes in this pose count as several hours of restful sleep.
This is to tell you that you should rest a bit in August, Taurus. Try not to expect too much from the hottest month of the year, as there’s a risk of nervousness and frustration for nothing. Take a vacation or at least a break from your projects for a moment, to recharge and start again at the end of the month. In fact, in the last week of August your astrological picture recalls you to action with all the most important planets on your side. You can then lay a good foundation for the autumn!
Shava-āsana, corpse pose.
Have you ever really enjoyed this pose at home? It’s not easy without being guided. You risk falling asleep. Then set a timer and keep it only two minutes each day, relaxing all your muscles well.
Hold it for seven minutes once a week.
Do you have a fixed thought, a concern, a project? When it comes to your mind, look at the clock. Mark yourself mentally or on a piece of paper for how long you’ve been thinking about it. Try to reduce the time. When you are able to hunt the thought immediately, look at the date. Try not to think about it for at least five days. So you can clear your mind a little and when you think back, you will have clearer ideas!
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