Some people might not know this but Savasana, or relaxation, at the end of class is still part of your practice and is actually an Asana. Savasana or Corpse pose (lovely) is just as important as the rest of the practice and maybe one of the hardest for a lot of people. Personally I love it but it took me a long time, learning to completely switch off and relax into the floor is more difficult than you think. I see students in class jigging the foot and know they aren’t enjoying it but then I hear a snore and know there is always someone else who is.
So the basics; lie on your back, eyes closed, arms out to your sides palms up. Let your fingers gently curl have your legs straight and feet relaxed. That’s the externals on the inside you need to clear the mind don’t think about what you’re going to have for tea or what plans you have tomorrow.Think about nothing – not so easy. So here are a few tips to help you along the way:
- Do a full body scan – consciously relax each part of your body starting at the forehead and continuing down.
- Start your savasana with a deep breath and let it out in a vocal sigh or a yawn and will that release feel yourself settle down.
- Get as comfy as possible – lavender eye bags, blankets, or a bolster under the knees
- Count your breath – if all else fails and your mind is still whirring try counting your breath to bring your focus in. Inhale count 1234 exhale count 123456. Making your exhale longer than the inhale helps you to relax.
So next time you are in class try to connect with your relaxation there are so many benefits it helps to relieve stress and insomnia, combats headaches and gives you time to appreciate your practice. Enjoy savasana in every class!
Power Yoga Wednesday 7:30pm Horsforth