In a Vinyasa yoga class we expect to get hot, and experience asanas that challenge us by bending and flexing our body. There is a posture that is considered to be one of the most difficult to master but all levels learn it.
Savasana; “Sava” means Corpse in Sanskrit. In Corpse pose, we learn how to consciously relax. Lying on the back, arms and legs are spread at 45 degrees, eyes are closed.
The name may be off putting but while resting on your back, the body and mind can become quiet and the physical benefits of the yoga practice become integrated.
On the outside, Savasana looks easy-peasy, where’s the challenge? What’s the point?
When I first started yoga I struggled with Savasana, it can be physically challenging to lay still and just let go of tension in my body and harder still to let go of busyness and tension in my mind.
Benefits of Savasana are many but here are a few :
- Helps to lower blood pressure
- Decrease of deep muscle tension
- Improves immune function
- Helps to calm the brain and relieve stress
- Improves focus
Enjoy connecting with your breath. Surrender to this blissful state where all our worries and tensions melt away, without force or striving.