Coming Out Of Shavasana

When the time comes to return to life by allowing your breath to become deeper, longer. Bring some movement to your fingers and toes while you move your head from side to side. Take a moment to move your wrists and ankles in circles, circle in both directions to stimulate energy flow again. (There is an old Daoist saying that if you roll your ankles in circles every day, you will never die of a heart attack.) When you are ready, hug your knees to your chest in preparation for making your body small and round. Take a deep inhalation, and on the exhalation bring your head and knees together, and squeeze. Make yourself as small and as round as you can. Release.

Wake up by stretching out the whole body-this is a natural energizer. Move any supports away, stretch your legs along the floor and stretch your arms over your head. Interlock your fingers and turn the palms away from you. from you. Press your lower back down; flex your toes toward your nose. Now take a huge inhalation, fill your lungs- and stretch. Make yourself as long as possible; contract your facial muscles and make your face as small as possible. Push and pull yourself longer. Then release with a long sighing “Haah”. Once more flex the toes, flatten your lower back, and take a big inhalation. Stretch your body. This time, open your face, mouth, and eyes, as wide as you can, stick your tongue out, touch your chin- stretch. Reach! Exhale and relax with a sigh.

Hug your knees once more into your chest and roll to your left side; pause there a moment and let the energy settle. Stretch out your bottom arm under your head and use it as a pillow: enjoy how this feels. Often teachers will ask students to end the class by lying on their right side to relax the heart. This is a great suggestion for ending a yang class. Lying on the right side helps to open the left nostril, due to the sinus reflex. However, the left nostril is the yin channel. After a yin practice, it is nice to balance the body by lying on the left side, allowing the right nostril, the yang channel, to open.

Don’t linger too long here; coming back to life is like being reincarnated. Don’t stay in the bardo state between Shavasana (your little death) and rebirth too long, or you may decide to stay there forever. When you are ready, spill up to sitting and prepare your your final meditation.

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