For most people, Savasana is the easiest pose to get into, but the hardest pose to stay in. As a result some people bolt out of class early and skip it all together. But, Savasan is honestly, the best part of class. It's the reward for all your hard work.
Why is Savasana so hard?
Savasana means total relaxation. It is a chance for your body to absorb your practice. It’s a way to rejuvenate your body and mind. Most people find Savasana so difficult because they have a hard time lying still, closing their eyes, and quitting their minds. So instead of trying to relax into the pose, they avoid it.
Here are some tips to help you in Savasana.
How To Do Savasana Properly
Spread the legs one to two feet apart, the toes are turned outwards, the heels facing each other, a comfortable distance apart.
Bring the arms a little away from the body, palms turned upward.
Relax the whole body. Letting go of any tension you may be holding onto.
Close the eyes and focus the attention on the body, breathing normally.
Bring your attention slowly to each body part and try to relax them one at a time.
5 Tips For A Successful Savasana
Close your eyes.
Allow your body to melt into the mat.
Keep the mind focused on relaxing. As thoughts come to your minds eye, acknowledge them, but then let them go.
Avoid moving the body, as even the slightest movement will use many muscles and increase the nerve impulses.
Practice, practice, practice. It's not easy, but it's totally worth it. Don't give up.
Why you should Savasana
Here are some benefits:
Increased energy levels and in general productivity.
Improvement in concentration and in memory.
Relaxes your whole body.
Releases stress, fatigue, depression and tension.
Decreased fatigue, coupled with deeper and sounder sleep.
Calms the mind and improves mental health, i.e anxiety
Stimulates blood circulation.
So I challenge you, next time you feel like skipping Savasana, dont... no matter how busy you may be. Indulge yourself in those 5 or so minutes at the end of your practice and you will reap the benefits, I promise you.