ESSENTIAL YOGA POSITIONS PART V
„Savasana is being without what was and what will be. It is being with what is.“ – B.K.S. Iyengar
Today in our essential yoga position series we are taking a look at SAVASANA, the final RESTING posture that completes any yoga class, no matter which style you practice. SAVASANA gives us the time and space to get in touch with out true self in a state of meditative relaxation. During Savasana we transcend the limits of our physical body and enter a state of higher consciousness.
Although it is a resting pose, it is often considered to be one of the hardest asanas to master mentally. A lot of you might relate to the experience of a busy mind with thoughts running wild when you are lying on your mat for SAVASANA – this is completely normal and nothing to worry about. It takes time and a lot of practice to calm the mind!
SAVASANA isn’t just a challenge for students, but for the teacher as well, as this is a very personal time and space for every yogi and yogini. Sometimes the teacher chooses to play soft music to create a sacred and blissful atmosphere, while others prefer complete silence. In case your teacher does adjustments during the pose, please ALWAYS feel free to let them know, if you prefer not being touched during Savasana.
NAME: Savasana or corpse pose
SANSKRIT: शवासन , śavāsana
corpse pose actually is the literal translation of the word, with „sava“ meaning body/corpse and „asana“ meaning position
To fully benefit from your Savasana practice, first make sure that you have any props you might need, such as a blanket to keep you warm or an eye mask. To come into Savasana, lie on your back on your mat and spread the wide as your mat. Relax your muscles while breathing deeply without trying to follow any specific breath pattern. To help calm your mind, you can start by focusing on the sensation of your belly rising and falling with each breath. Stay in Savasana for at least 5 to 10 minutes at the end of your asana practice. To come out of the pose, slowly start to wiggle your fingers, toes and bring your awareness back into your physical body.
Savasana is considered to be one of the most beneficial yoga postures; replenishing, restoring and rejuvenating body and mind. The state of complete surrender present moment helps reduce tension and stress while deep breathing calms the nervous system. Further benefits of this posture include the lowering of the heart rate and blood pressure, decreased muscle tension, alleviation of anxiety, restoration of energy levels as well as an increase in focus and concentration.
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Carolina Fischer Waibel and the ATHAYOGA Team wish YOU a HAPPY SAVASANA PRACTICE!