Don’t Skip Savasana!
Thursday, April 16, 2020
Corpse pose (Sanskrit: Savasana), the first or final pose in any yoga class, is important to practice at home, because in a lot of ways, it is the most important pose. Savasana is the physical aspect of relaxation. It is very important for the body to relax the muscles and slow the breathing before starting asana practice and after completing asana practice.
Savasana allows your body and mind time to process activity. It activates the benefits of your asana practice to flow through your body, enabling the ability to rest without the need for action.
A misconception is that Savasana is taking a nap. Similar to a nap, Savasana is an ultimate state of rest, however; a good session should take you to an energized state upon reawakening. It is important though to be awake, shift away from mental chatter, and keep your mind/body focused simply on your breath. Gradually, your brain waves and breath slow down, and then your blood pressure drops. The final state of Savasana occurs when the mind completely lets go. It is thought that the brain waves slow down to their lowest frequency.
Step by step:
1. Simply lay on your back with your arms at your side and feet hip distance apart.
2. Close your eyes.
3. Pay attention to the natural flow of your breath by acknowledging your thoughts as they come and sending them on their way.
4. Hold this for five to ten minutes in final relaxation.
5. To come out, first begin to the deepen your breath. Then begin to wiggle your fingers and toes slowly reawakening your body.
6. Stretch your arms overhead for a full body stretch from hands to feet.
7. Bring your knees into your chest and roll over to one side, keeping your eyes closed. Use your bottom arm as a pillow while you rest in a fetal position for a few breaths.
8. Using your hands for support, bring yourself back up into a sitting position.
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