Pick a Pose- Savasana

FIT Staff
Jul 28, 2013

Everybody's favorite pose- corpse pose. Okay, perhaps not everybody's favorite but one we all enjoy! Savasana is actually a posture or asana believe it or not. Your body is kept still while your mind is alert and focused.

This asana allows your senses to withdraw from the outside world so the body and mind can join as one. Savasana can be a great introduction asana into your meditation practice. Regardless, it is not just laying on the mat and closing your eyes- it is the proper positioning of the body to achieve maximum relaxation and inner silence.

To practice Savasana:
1. Sit tall on your mat with your legs stretched out. Rock your seat until your weight is evenly distributed on your sit bones.
2. Bring your knees up to your chest and assure that your spine is straight.
3. Gently lower your back to the ground by grasping your knees with your hands. Feel free to rock easily up and down your spine or side to side on your hips at this point.
4. When you are ready, lie still with your legs stretched long away from your hips, heels resting on the ground, and feet falling gently out and down. Your arms should be down towards your sides, palms facing up, fingers naturally curled.
5. Close your eyes and rest in this asana for 5-10 minutes.

If this bothers your lower back at all, use a chair. Rest your back flat on the floor. Place your calves on the seat of the chair so your thighs are perpendicular to the ground.

Proper relaxation is essential to the practice of yoga. It gives the body and mind time to recuperate, dissolving fatigue and stress. So lay back and relax a while- it's good for you!

Upcoming Classes & Events

Meditation- Tuesdays, 7-8:15 p.m., Converging Paths Meditation Center

Enchanted Yoga- Wednesdays, July 10- August 21, 2013, 6-7 p.m. The Enchanted Cottage, East Sandusky Bay MetroPark, 4011 Cleveland Road. Bring a mat or blanket- no experience necessary! We will be outside on the deck when the weather is warm or perhaps take a winding, walking meditation through the meadows! $10/clas

UPCOMING CLASSES AND EVENTS

Intro to Kayaking- TODAY, 1-5 p.m. The Coupling MetroPark. Participants will be learning all the basic skills of kayaking from basic strokes to assisted and self-rescues. Come dressed appropriately as you will be in the Huron River practicing the rescues. NO FLIP-FLOPS PLEASE! This is a very physical class.

Morning Canoe Float- Saturday, August 3, 2013, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. The Coupling MetroPark.
Meet at the Coupling equipment shed for a morning canoe trip on the Huron River. See the wild life along the river as it wakes up. All participants age 12 and older will be charge a $5.00 maintenance fee. No Refunds. Pre-registration for MetroParks canoes is required. CANOE PADDLERS ARE TO REGISTER SEPARATELY under Morning Canoe Float - For Paddlers. Water craft owners welcome; please register under Morning Canoe Float - Privately Owned Watercraft.

Park PALS- Wildlife as Symbols- Monday, August 12, 2 p.m. & Saturday, Aug 17, 10 a.m. The Frost Center, Osborn MetroPark. Do you know the symbol for the United States? Let's explore how wildlife are used as common symbols for a variety of things. Registration Required.

How Animals Eat- Saturday, Aug 17, 2013, 12 p.m. The Frost Center, Osborn MetroPark. What do animals eat? Join us as we feed our animals and learn about how and what exactly they eat. we have snakes, frogs, toads, turtles, and salamanders! Registration Required.

Full Moon Night Hike- Wednesday, Aug 21, 2013, 7:30 p.m. Edison Woods MetroPark. Join the Naturalist for a beautiful night hike on each month's full moon! Please leave flashlights at home; the moon will light our way. Family, friends, and friendly canine companions are always welcome! Hikes will last about an hour, registration appreciated.

Park PALS- Hiding in Plain Sight - Saturday, Aug 24, 10 a.m. & Monday, August 26, 2 p.m. The Enchanted Cottage, East Sandusky Bay MetroPark. Many animals are specially adapted to survive in their environment. Let's play a game of hide and seek to illustrate some of these adaptations! Registration required.

Park PALS- Bird Beak Buffet- Saturday, Sep 7, 10 a.m. & Monday, Sep 9, 2 p.m. The Frost Center, Osborn MetroPark. All birds have some sort of a beak specialized to eat certain types of food. Come learn who eats what. We'll explore the difference between a pelican, eagle, hummingbird, heron and more! Registration Required.

Bats in the Park- Tuesday, Sep 10, 2013, 8 p.m. Edison Woods MetroPark. Learn about the furry little misunderstood creatures that fly, and go on a bat hunt. Registration appreciated.

Full Moon Night Hike- Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013, 7:30 p.m. The Enchanted Cottage, East Sandusky Bay MetroPark. Join the Naturalist for a beautiful night hike on each month's full moon! Please leave flashlights at home; the moon will light our way. Family, friends, and friendly canine companions are always welcome! Hikes will last about an hour, registration appreciated.

Park PALS- Looking at Leaves- Saturday, Sep 28, 10am & Monday, Sep 30, 2pm. The Enchanted Cottage, East Sandusky Bay MetroPark. There are almost 1000 species of trees in North America! We will compare leaves from various trees at Stockdale Arboretum to see if we can identify them! Registration Required.