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Virgo

Virgo

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

If you can, rest until August 15th, because afterwards you will be on the crest of the wave again. As your birthday approaches, meetings, opportunities will increase and you will still be pushed to do, move, learn to build your future. At least for the first week of August, but maybe the second week too, you can afford to let go of the discipline and enjoy some whims.

IN PRACTICE  

Shava-āsana, corpse pose

Since it is not easy to relax without a guide, you can rely on an audio I did some years ago, available on Youtube. This is the link. Have a nice rest!

Awareness exercise

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.

Mantra of the month

«A moment for recharging».