Savasana might not seem like a posture, but it is one of the most important postures we do and you will do it between almost every posture throughout the floor series, at least the ones where we are laying on the back.
This is a relaxing posture. You are meant to hold absolutely still to allow the blood circulation to have as little resistance as possible and work to relax and slow your breathing in and out through your nose. You keep your eyes open to stay focused and present with what you do. This pause and stillness is where we can maximize the benefits we get from the yoga practice. We also do Savasana at the very end as the last exercise of the lesson, to integrate all the postures in your body.
Only during this last Savasana your eyes are closed. Give yourself at least two minutes in this posture to fully relax and let your heartbeat and breathing slow down. Body and mind now process everything you have done in class. Your muscles have a memory and they remember what you should do the next time you come to class. Come back soon!
Savasana is the secret to living.
Savasana, also known as corpse pose, is the most anatomically neutral position of any yoga practice. Physically speaking, it’s the most ergonomic position of the human body. It reduces stress and fatigue on muscles and joints. It also helps lower blood pressure and slow respiration and reduce heart rate. In fact, most teachers say it’s the most important posture of the practice.
And yet, it’s profoundly challenging. Because the only thing savasana requires of you is to simply be. To surrender to your body’s itches and just let them tickle you. To take a ride on your sweat instead of trying to fix it.
As my teacher loves to say, relax and soak up everything you came to class to give yourself.
What’s interesting about savasana is, its basic principles can also be applied to life off the mat. Because it’s all about putting yourself in a neutral position. Not necessarily physically, but mentally and emotionally and spiritually. Like taking a mental savasana. Finding the most ergonomic position of the human mind and allowing the stillness to swallow you whole.
And not surprisingly, by the time we returned home, I felt completely rejuvenated. Like I had just finished a seven day yoga class.
A true savasana is when you feel most alive.