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Alix2010-07-05 00:38:12 +0000 #1
OK, this is likely going to sound bizarre so I hope someone has some answers for me. During savasana I often feel as though my body is slightly curved to my left. I have mentioned this feeling to my instructors in the past and they all report my alignment is perfectly straight. When I get to the point of total relaxation and I begin to drift I feel as though my body is curved and if I don't let that thought go I lose the drift and become bound back in my body and have to start all over. Has anyone experienced anything similar? Any idea why this happens?

Lately, I have also noticed that "letting go" from my heart center and up is more of an effort. Any thoughts or help?
xela2010-07-05 00:49:53 +0000 #2
Alix,

That is so strange! I have the same feeling quite often (but not everytime) I'm in savasana. I too haven't gotten an explanation. Maybe we just stretched one part of our body more than the other! hehe
Nichole2010-07-05 01:00:06 +0000 #3
I occasionally have this too! I sometimes think I am straight, but I am really off to the left. Maybe it is just a weird affliction of YogaForums moderators and admins?!? It is a definitely good lesson to not believe everything you think

I don't have a specifically Yogic explanation for it. I have witnessed Mukunda working with a clients and when he moves their necks, arms, or legs into off centered positions specific for them, they have experienced kriyas and energetic releases. Sometimes it is very little with just an audible sigh and sometimes it is a substantial release of past traumas.

From a neurological point of view, this is an issue of proproception. Our proproception is generated by our inner ear and the golgi tendon organ (GTO); it tells us where our body is in relationship to itself. This is the sense that tells us that our arms are here and our head is there and that we can tell these things even with our eyes closed. The GTO measures tension in our muscles (really our tendons) so maybe you are onto something Xela with the stretching thing.

Alix, do you get a hit on anything that has been offered?

I am looking forward to what the rest of the gang has to share.

Namaste*
InnerAthlete2010-07-05 01:19:32 +0000 #4
Two potential answers for this.

The first is that we are often in our daily lives malaligned BUT think we are "straight" or aligned. In this scenario when we are truly aligned in Savasana on the mat the pose feels awkward. It feels awkward because it counters the daily malaligned condition our own ignorance has allowed us to perceive as reality (aligned). I mostly experience it with the alignment of my skull in Savasana.

The second is an energetic alignment that may be an outgrowth of the practice, sequence, chakras, subtle bodies et al.
Alix2010-07-05 01:54:16 +0000 #5
The stretching thing sounds plausible to me. I notice my left and right sides are quite different in some poses. Mostly the balancing exercises and some of the twists. So it makes complete sense that my body would have an odd sense after correctly aligning myself. I'm quite relieved to hear I am not alone in this touch of weirdness (and maybe that was the link that drew us all to the moderating job huh? LOL)

OK, so if this is due to misalignment during the rest of my life, how do I correct this? More yoga?

I am still pondering this and look forward to seeing other replies.
Pandara2010-07-05 01:46:27 +0000 #6
Hi All,

This may sound rediculous, but it might be one of your spirit guides pulling that side or trying to make you aware that it is there. It was the case with me when I experienced this a few years ago. The left side (moon, female) is more sensitive to these energies around us. I experience that most of my guides are usually on my left side as well.

Perhaps ask next time what they are trying to tell you or why they are there.
Hubert2010-07-05 01:17:59 +0000 #7
Well, I don't know about you but I am perfectly straight.
xela2010-07-05 02:40:24 +0000 #8
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Originally Posted by Hubert



Well, I don't know about you but I am perfectly straight.

Well, aren't you just sooo lucky! LOL
cyclezen2010-07-05 02:32:12 +0000 #9
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Originally Posted by Alix



OK, this is likely going to sound bizarre so I hope someone has some answers for me. During savasana I often feel as though my body is slightly curved to my left. I have mentioned this feeling to my instructors in the past and they all report my alignment is perfectly straight. When I get to the point of total relaxation and I begin to drift I feel as though my body is curved and if I don't let that thought go I lose the drift and become bound back in my body and have to start all over. Has anyone experienced anything similar? Any idea why this happens?

Hi, newbie here on-forum and also not a very long yoga practitioner (ok, could use some advise on a better term for a 'practitioner', if there is one...) - I can relate to this.

Regardless of position, my internal 'image' of myself always has my leftside in sort of out-balance feel, whether or not it actually 'appears' that way externally. That's due to some serious injuries some 3 yrs ago and the skeletal-muscle structure changes it caused - most internal and not readily obvious from an external view.

I don;t believe that your feeling or mine is uncommon to many, for a myriad of reasons, not all physical. My experience, outside of yoga, as relates to years of 'visualization' in other activities is what one actually 'visualizes' one 'is' or is doing is different from what is exhibited externally. Its a bit like what you imagine your voice sounds like and what it comes back to you as when you hear a recording of yourself.

Which of these is the most important (external result or 'image') prolly depends on what you want to achieve at any point. Outside of yoga, often the 'result' or process of doing something a certain way is the consideration. Yet often the internal 'image' produces the result one really wants.

...which brings me to a Q of my own... which I'll consider and maybe post to get the thoughts of the more experienced.

As for the 'image' of myself, as being 'out of balance', it certainly is close to the physical reality. It offers some interesting 'imaging'; but really who cares? In savasana its really easy for me just to ignore that. Where I have a ways to go is ignoring discordant external stimuli, like noises, smells, skin sensations. I guess thats just part of learning...

my apologies if this seems 'forward' for a 1st post, but I'm just that kinda guy
Alix2010-07-05 03:38:58 +0000 #10
Cyclezen, all comments are welcome, and you aren't forward at all. Welcome and I hope you participate often here. I would like to clarify a bit of your post though. You said, "who cares?" about alignment in savasana. Did you mean that you don't care or that you think no one should care?

Pandara, thanks for the thought about the spirit guides. I would think though that to feel a pull from a spirit guide, one would have to acknowledge their existence yes? I'm not sure I am open to that idea. Something to consider though, thank you.

Hubert, LOL, maybe you need to join us "left leaners" and "get bent"!

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