We’ve all been there. The yoga class is nearing its end, the teacher is winding everyone down, and then you’re guided into Savasana for 5 or so minutes of relaxation. You lie down on your mat, get comfortable… and then start thinking about what you’re going to cook for dinner when you get home. You make a mental to-do list for the rest of your evening, scratch that itch on your left elbow, wonder if you remembered to send that email before you left the office, think about that passive-aggressive email your co-worker sent you this afternoon. Why is she so grumpy all the time anyway? Maybe she needs to do some yoga, you should see if you can organise a workplace yoga class in the lunchroom. Add that to the mental to-do list, scratch your left elbow again… And then the teacher is guiding you up to a seat for the end of class and your brain hasn’t had a moment of quiet.
It’s so easy to lose focus at the end of a practice, to brush over Savasana and then rush out the studio and into the rest of your day/evening. But here’s the thing: you might be missing out on the most important part! Savasana serves an integral part of a well-rounded yoga practice for both your body and mind.
Here’s why embracing a truly restful Savasana is so good for you:
- Integration – giving ourselves time for some fidget-free stillness, particularly after a high-energy session, allows our body to store information about the work that we’ve done during the class. Our body, very literally, builds intelligence, but it needs time to help things stick!
- Reset – this time of physical stillness and relaxation (releasing any residual physical tension!) also helps to reset out breath, body temperature and central nervous system
- Yin/yang Balance – we live in a predominantly yang-driven society, and so for those of us who sometimes get sucked into the ‘go go go’ vortex of productivity, it can be a welcome balance for our minds and nervous systems to allow ourselves the time to do absolutely nothing, even just for a few short minutes
- Re-energise – deep relaxation has a similar effect on the body as sleep, and so taking a proper Savasana can be akin to a quick power nap. We emerge refreshed and revitalised
If 5 minutes of Savasana isn’t enough for you and you want MORE, we have a weekly Hammock Meditation class here at Empowered that runs every Saturday. 45 minutes of deep rest and relaxation. Get in touch with us to book your space!