Savasana is also known as Corpse position, and is the pose traditionally used to finish out every yoga session. Despite the ominous-sounding name, Savasana is actually incredibly relaxing and also easy to do. All you have to do is lie faceup with legs separated around shoulder width apart, letting your feets splay apart naturally. Keep your arms at your sides, palms lying face up.
Close your eyes and relax in this position, clearing your mind of any distraction, usually for around five minutes. The pose is used at the end of the session to absorb the entire session and its benefits and calm your mind down. The instructor will usually have quiet and calming music playing in the background or say some soothing closing words near the end of Savasana to get you in the right state of mind for the rest of the day. It’s for this reason that Savasana has easily become my favorite part of a yoga session. TIP – Don’t Finish Early! An easy mistake to make is trying to leave early and cutting into Savasana time. It might seem unimportant to begin with, but beyond yourself, having to roll up a mat, gather your stuff (oftentimes with noisy rummaging and key jangling), and slamming the door is also extremely disturbing for the rest of the class trying to get into a peaceful state of mind. If you have to leave early for other reasons, try to inform the instructor ahead of time and set up close to the door, leaving before Savasanaso that you don’t disturb the rest of the class as much. While it’s inevitable that people sometimes have schedule conflicts and it’s good that you’ve at least made time in your day for yoga, try not to miss Savasana if you can as much as possible. Five minutes seems like it’s not important to miss, but one of the most important reasons people do yoga is focus all of your concentration onto one moment, instead of stressing out about the future or any worries you may have.
If you leave early, it contradicts that purpose, and I personally believe it ruins the beautiful part of yoga. There’s no rush or need to hurry, even if you live a high paced, high stress life in the urban city. Yoga means that you are exactly where you are, and that you are completely aware of yourself. Savasana is the epitome of all of that yoga embodies, so trying to rush through a session can be seen as disrespectful and ignorant even if you don’t mean it to be seen as such. Hopefully you leave the yoga session feeling completely relaxed, slightly tired, yet alert and completely ready to handle whatever else comes your way that day. While yoga while probably never attain the high pace and intense sweat known to other activities, yoga can still be as tiring as you make the schedule with the poses you choose based on your skill level and current flexibility. It’s good to change it up over time to keep things new and also try new advanced poses, making sure that you have a spotter buddy to check so that you aren’t straining and unnecessarily stressing a muscle or part of your body. Hopefully throughout the course of the book you have begun to recognize that yoga is not only a physical exercise, but a mental relaxant at the same time. Expect to build up a light sweat on average from a yoga class in the beginning, although you can include variations on a pose as well even in a yoga class to make it either more or less intense depending on your physical and mental state that day.
A large part of yoga is growing to know yourself and the limits to which you can push yourself. Besides just’ the mental and physical benefits of yoga, I’ve personally discovered a lot about myself and grown leaps and bounds in confidence in myself and self-esteem. Savasanaalways leaves me feeling accomplished with what I’ve done, no matter how difficult or physically exhausting a session was. In fact, I find that the harder it is, the better I feel in the end (although maybe not the next day right away) in knowing that I could do it. Beyond recognizing the worth of Savasana in yoga, I hope you have begun the journey into learning more about yourself and each position’s relevance to you personally as you take another step further into becoming a master yogi. Conclusion Now that you have learned the beginning poses and steps integral to yoga, you are ready to embark on a journey that will not only leave you feeling healthier and more fit, but more confident and at peace with yourself. Continually challenge yourself with either new advanced poses or by putting a spin on old poses with more complex and difficult variations. Make sure that you never overextend yourself and push too hard however, since the risk of physical injury is much worse than getting that new pose down just right. After all, yoga should induce a feeling of relaxation and rightness so that there’s no fierce hunger raging beneath the surface. Rather, I picture yoga to be a hidden strength, a smooth stone tempered by the currents raging around it yet never yielding, quietly confident. Even if you become busier and your schedule stricter, try to find half an hour or an hour that you can squeeze yoga into it. Life can get crazy at times, I get it, so what better to do than to take a well-deserved break once away to come down to a place of quiet and peace to recharge your batteries and get you primed and ready to plunge back into the harsh realities of life?
Things happen, but don’t let them get the better of you. Make time for yourself, no matter how short, to remind yourself that you’re worth it and not get lost in the rush and stress that surrounds every second of daily life. Yoga has the capacity to change your life and I honestly believe that anyone could use yoga in their lives no matter what profession you have. Going to a yoga class is priceless, since nothing really beats learning the poses physically and seeing them done in person by an experienced practitioner. If that’s financially impossible, then watching yoga DVDs borrowed from the library are a close substitute, and often have soothing images and clips of nature as well that you might like better than the more public area of the gym. After all, doing yoga in an environment that you’re comfortable in such as your house can help increase a person’s confidence and lessen any embarrassment they might feel at their self image when doing some of the poses. However, I would hope that you don’t feel embarrassed at all when doing yoga, so I encourage you to go out of your comfort zone if that’s the case and try a public class at least once. Try asking around at local gyms, since they might occasionally offer a free class. It could actually help you feel more confident when doing yoga when you see that everyone else around you is doing the same thing and not even paying attention to you since they’re all so focused on getting their own poses right and their breathing. Much of the struggle involved in yoga will be mental and coming from yourself. It could be worrying if you’re doing a pose exactly right, worrying what other people around you think about you, or even worrying about something that happened earlier that day. The struggle is based on learning to let those worries go. It’s good to worry sometimes as that spurs you forward and provides motivation, but worrying too much has many adverse health risks including ulcers, headaches, and so on. It’s important to learn when to take a break, and yoga can easily become just the way to do that, combining both exercise and the means to relaxing and sharpening mental acuity. You’ll find that it’s actually more productive as well as rewarding. So really, what is there to lose? If you’ve read the book all the way to the end, then you’re obviously passionate about yoga or at the very least interested in learning more about yoga. Take a chance, a leap of faith as some would call it, and who knows, you could end up discovering far more about yourself and gaining something far less perceptible than you ever imagined you could from yoga. Keep at it even when things get tough, because nothing truly valuable was ever won easily without fighting tooth and nail for it. Center your mind, focus, and remember to always breathe. Never forget the basic poses that yoga always consists of, and continue exploring the vast world of yoga. Namaste!Savasana (Corpse Pose) | Emilygilchrist’s Blog yogaposes8
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