As a yoga teacher, I am always amazed that people skip out on the most important part of the class: savasana. Especially in NYC (or any city for that matter), we are rushing to and from class, often times, leaving class early.
I am here to tell you this: You are doing yourself a major disservice by skipping Savasana
Savasana or “corpse pose” is the most important pose of your entire practice. Not only will you feel deeply restored after class, but you will feel completely will rejuvenated. During this pose your entire being becomes one: your mind, your body, and your spirit. Most yoga teachers/gurus (including myself) consider this pose as one of the most essential poses in yoga because it reenergizes the self.
Aside from reinvigoration, Savasana pose also has great benefits for your body
….and these include: decreasing your heart rate, blood pressure, and muscle tension; slowing down of your metabolic rate; increasing memory and focus; erasing anxiety and the resulting tension in the body; reducing panic attacks and headaches; removing symptoms of fatigue; and recharging the body’s cells. Super bonus: it inspires confidence and good vibes/feelings/emotions/inserts anything good here. Plus Savasana prepares you to face the day ahead with more energy and better productivity and invokes deeper rest and relaxation in the evenings..
Savasana pose, however, can prove a challenge. This may seems silly because all you do is relax, lie on your back, go inwards, and breathe deeply. For some of us, it’ just damn hard to sit still!
You are quieting your body, mind and spirit: the antithesis of the NYC lifestyle AND exactly what you NEED.
Pattabhi Jois once said, and I paraphrase: If you cannot get up or are as stiff as a board, then you’re doing tSavasana correctly. Of course, you have to sit up eventually; however, being stiff as a board means you were able to achieve the pose and its ultimate purpose: rejuvenation.
Do you skip Savasana? What has been your most blissful Savasana experience? I would love to hear it in the comments below.
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