Sanskrit Name: Savasana (shah-VAHS-anna)
Sava = Corpse
Asana = Pose
- First off, it’s Savasana so no rules really apply. The aim to to experience total relaxation and let go.
- Lie on your back (or your side if you are pregnant)
- Completely let go as you lengthen your legs, arms and spine
- Flip your palms to face the sky for receiving or let them face the earth for grounding
- Allow your belly to be soft and soften your face as well
- Close your eyes
- Feel free to use blocks, bolsters or blankets to support the pose
- If you feel discomfort, place a blanket under your knees or neck or find another position that works for you
- Stay here for at least two minutes or as long as possible
- When your ready to come out, slowly invite gentle movements into your body and roll onto one side to slowly move out of the pose
Benefits: Savasana has endless benefits. It calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression, while relaxing the body and reducing headaches, fatigue, and insomnia. It also helps lower blood pressure.
Contradictions: No matter your injury, you can find a way to practice Savasana. If you have a back injury, do this pose with your knees bent and your feet on the floor, hip-distance apart and option to support your bent knees on a bolster. If you are pregnant, raise your head and chest on a bolster and practice this pose on your side.
Know Your Asana: Savasana is considered the easiest, yet hardest pose to practice. Stilling the mind is seemingly impossible, yet important for humans.