5 Reasons Not to Skip Savasana

It’s the end of the yoga practice and class is winding down in Savasana. Yet, some yogis don’t want to lie there quietly after the flurry of activity that just occurred. Anyone who needs convincing to stay in Savasana for as long as possible, read below!

1. Letting go of stress. Savasana pose is a very stress-free position, especially if one has been practicing an active form of yoga that pushed the body to its limits. When lying in Savasana, one is relaxing and letting go of any stress that may have been created during class. Savasana allows yogis to center themselves before beginning their daily routine.

2. Feel full body relaxation. In addition to the mental stress that is released, one will also have complete physical relaxation. The heart rate slows down, as well as one’s blood pressure. Tension is released with every breath, allowing for deeper relaxation. It also helps reduce fatigue.

3. Concentrating on the breath. Since one isn’t in motion for Savasana pose, it’s easier to fully concentrate on the breath. While yogis are trained to be mindful of the breath throughout the yoga practice, it’s not always possible depending on how intense the workout is. With this pose, one has the option of doing nothing but contemplating the breath and giving oneself completely over to it.

4. Pampering the central nervous system. While one might not realize it, Savasana pose gives yogis a chance to focus on the entire central nervous system. Savasana is mentally and physically relaxing and there’s nothing to worry about. As one drifts away, the body is mindfully relaxing all the way down to the nerves.

5. Peaceful meditation. One of the best reasons to enjoy Savasana pose is to enter a meditative state after an active practice. Focusing on both mind and body wellness with practice, then allowing oneself to let go of worries and drift in relaxation and meditation in Savasana brings peace to yogis.

Now that it’s clear that yogis should do Savasana, here are a few tips to get the most out of the pose.

1. Angles are important. Keep the arms and legs spread out at a 45-degree angle.

2. Focus on the breath and relaxing the entire body. Mentally scan oneself for tension and release each point of tension or stress bit by bit.

3. Stay in this pose as long as possible. The longer one stays in Savasana, the more the rewards will follow. The effects of deep relaxation and mediation are numerous, and we shouldn’t turn down a chance to get more of it into our days. At the very least, stay in this pose for at least 10 minutes.

4. Make the area as comfortable as possible for Savasana. If the mat doesn’t offer the comfort level desired, get a blanket or something else soft to lie on. Since attention should be focused inward, yogis should minimize outward points of distraction.

5. Keep the room as quiet as possible. In most cases, the room is already rather quiet for yoga practice.

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