Although Savasana looks easy, it is often referred to as the most difficult yoga posture. I know what you might be thinking: how can lying on the ground be so hard? First we need to understand that a purposeful Savasana needs us to be aware, yet completely relaxed.
We usually practice Savasana at the end of an Asana practice. This is not required, although it is my preferred time to practice it. I have linked a couple of gentle practices below, so you can pick one beforehand if you like:
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How to Practice Savasana: preparing the body
- Choose the props you might need. I like to use a bolster under my knees, to keep them into flexion and allow the whole of the lower body to stay soft. Another brilliant prop for Savasana is a folded blanket or a flat pillow under the head, so that we can keep the head in line with the spine and the chin gently tucked in towards the chest. You can also place flat blocks under the hands to keep the elbows gently flexed.
- Please, flip the palms up to the ceiling, unless for any reason that causes pain. Allow the feet to go in any direction they would naturally go.
- If you feel safe, close off the eyes. If that makes you uncomfortable in any way you can keep a soft gaze up to the ceiling.
- Scan your body for any sensation and begin to bring to expand the belly as you breathe in. The breath will naturally slow down.
- When you exhale, allow your muscles to release a little bit more every time.
- Notice anything that comes up (sensations in the body, or agitations of the mind). When you notice, let go if you can. If it doesn’t happen, accept what is.
- Give yourself permission to rest, surrender and let go.
Would like to try a FREE guided Savasana? Click on the video below!
Curious to go deeper? You can read this blog about Yoga Nidra.
Lots of love,