Only Have Time For One Yoga Pose? Make It This One
I have practiced hundreds of yoga poses over the last decade, but nothing is quite like Savasana (Relaxation Pose, also known as Corpse Pose). Savasana and all of its sweetness gently invites you to take rest, to breathe and to just be.
At its essence, this pose is the ultimate symbol of letting go and non-doing, which is refreshing when you lead a busy life and literally don’t have a minute to pause between the continuous flow of text messages and emails.
Your mind and body need the rest that Savasana offers. In fact, they’re craving it.
Breathing and just being sound peaceful, right? But who has time to just rest and be present? We all do. We just need to create the time and space for it and believe that we deserve it.
Savasana is a gift you can give yourself every day. A chance to sink into yourself. An invitation where you are free to just be.
Once you experience the rest and peace of Savasana, you’ll want to come back to your mat for more.
Here’s how to practice the ultimate resting pose.
- Begin on your back on a yoga mat or place a blanket on the ground. Bring your arms alongside your body and extend your legs, allowing your feet to fall away from each other. To get extra cozy, cover your arms and legs with a blanket.
- Rest the back of your hands on the ground so that your palms face the sky.
- Gently soften your eyelids as if they were curtains covering your eyes.
- Feel the heaviness of your muscles and bones, and with each exhale, sink a little deeper into the earth, allowing it to fully support your physical body.
- Check in with yourself. What are you holding onto? Where can you let go in the body?
- Take rest. There is nothing to do. There is nowhere to be other than in this moment.
- As your mind wanders, turn your attention to your breath. Watch your inhales and exhales softly, quietly come and go.
- Stay here for at least five minutes; longer if you’d like. Give your body and mind permission to experience complete stillness.
- When you’re ready to transition out of Savasana, invite movement into your fingers and toes, reawakening them. Hug your knees toward your chest and gently roll to one side.
- Pause here for a moment, placing one arm under your head and the opposite hand on the ground. Push into the hand on the ground to come up to a seated position.
- Take a few deep breaths before returning to your day.
Practice Savasana often—before you get out of bed, before you go to bed. Linger in it at the end of a yoga class. Over time, you’ll become so familiar with this restful feeling that greeting life in a peaceful state—even when you’re not in Savasana—will be a bit more effortless.
As with any exercise, speak with your physician before starting a new exercise routine.
Photo by Laura Brown of Laura Brown Photography. Photo reprinted from 108 Yoga and Self-Care Practices for Busy Mamas with permission by MSI Press, LLC.
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