"The body of the Dead Christ in the tomb" 1521. Oil on wood Artist Hans Holbein the younger
Dead Christ is practicing Savasana. Also know as corpse pose. The pose can also be called Mrtasana meaning death. Savasana calms the mind, relieves stress, helps reduce fatigue and insomnia, relaxes the body, and can help lower blood pressure.
Savasana can be the hardest pose to practice. The biggest challenge of them all, as It requires you to quiet the mind and release the body fully. This is not easy. Savasana is not a deep sleep, but a deep meditation. Most of us are full of tension that we are not even aware of. Savasana can be a place where these tensions arise. And so it is the practice of yoga that helps to release these tensions of the mind and physical body.
Savasana should be practiced at the end of your yoga practice and or pranayama practice. Props are always encouraged in Savasana. It looks like dead Christ could use a folded blanket under his head and neck to help release the back of the neck towards the tailbone. It would make his Savasana a little more comfortable.
Allow yourself to come into your body. Come into your senses. Feel the inside of your toes all the way up to the insides of your ears and brain. And remember, always bring these senses back towards your heart. As it is your heart that connects it all inside and out. Savasana gives us a feeling and opportunity of leaving our body and returning anew. Practice Savasana for at least 5 minutes. It is the most necessary part of our physical yoga practice. Coming into the chitter chatter of our minds can be difficult, so it's important to start slowly and gradually build up through time and practice. Our goal is to quiet the mind for as long as possible so as to reach a sense of pure awareness and pure consciousness. ❤️
So much Peace, peace, peace.