We see dead people…walking out of yoga class before savasana! Otherwise known as corpse pose, savasana is, suitably, the final pose of a yoga practice. And for good reason! But some folks just don’t know how to take things lying down.. or uh, dying, essentially.
Yesterday fitsugar.com had a “you asked” question up from a writer-in Sarah who wondered why her yoga teacher finally gave her a hard time for consistently rolling up her mat early “since the last 10 minutes we just lie on the floor.” Borrrring. Sarah, we hear you girl, who has time for lazing away on your back when there’s so much get-up-and-go move it or lose it action! We’re from NYC, we get it! But as yogadorks, and friends really, we find it is our duty to tell you … SLOW it DOWN sister!
You spend all that time in class, and do all that hard work just to skip out on the most rejuvenating, and some teachers say, THE most important part of the practice? This is why we say playing dead can be the hardest pose of all! Whether it’s power hour or easy does it restorative there’s always time for savasana. It’s the yin to the yang see?
“If student does not get up from savasana,” says Pattabhi Jois, “or lifting student up (and he/she) is like a stiff board, savasana is correct.”
Most classes don’t leave you in savasana nearly long enough – 5 minutes should be absolute minimum. Still any little bit counts, and here’s why:
Benefits of Savasana from MyYogaOnline.com
* relaxes central nervous system/calms mind
* helps relieve stress
* relaxes body
* decreases beta brain waves and shifts to slower brain waves
* reduces insomnia/improves sleep
* reduces headache and fatigue
* helps relieve depression
Besides the personal mind/body benefits, respect your fellow corpses and stick around. Nothing is more jarring and obnoxious than the disturbing end of class shuffle in the middle of quiet time. Oh and for the love of pete please shut off your cellphones.
Read more about savasana from yoga teacher and psychotherapist, Michael Stone, on iyengar-yoga.com.
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