Published on September 11th, 2017 | by Catherine Tingey0
Savasana,The Complete Reboot
Savasana, The Complete Reboot
Sava means corpse in Sanskrit; asana translates literally as seat or posture.
Typically sequenced at the end of a yoga class, Savasana can be the most challenging pose some people encounter. In fact, I once had a client who said they wanted to learn yoga but not that ‘relaxation stuff.’ So I taught him what he wanted; a vinyasa style yoga class with no Savasana at the end.
Savasana is a chance to learn how to deeply reboot your body. Think of it as a complete system power down. The challenge is that there is very little to do.
Lay down on your back.
Separate your arms and legs a comfortable distance away from your torso, palms facing up.
If more comfortable, place a folded blanket or pillow under your neck, and a bolster under your knees.
How Long Should I Stay in Savasana?
Aim for 15 minutes. 5 minute Savasanas are still worthwhile but way too short.
Some of the benefits of Savasana (from Wikipedia)
- a decrease in heart rate and the rate of respiration
- a decrease in blood pressure
- a decrease in muscle tension
- a decrease in metabolic rate and the consumption of oxygen
- a reduction in general anxiety
- a reduction in the number and frequency of anxiety attacks
- an increase in energy levels and in general productivity
- an increase in focus
- an improvement in concentration and in memory
As with all meditative/mindfulness practices, you’ll want to re-enter the world gradually.
Take at least 2-3 minutes to transition into a standing position. Avoid going into rambunctious areas or traffic immediately afterwards as your reaction times may be lessened.
What are your feelings about Savasana? Love it or leave it?
Feel free to comment below!