2013 May

Savasana – the save button of yoga

Last week a new student of mine told me that they were going to leave the class five minutes early as they had an important meeting to get to and ‘they weren’t really into Savasana’.  I asked them why this was and they said they didn’t really see the point of lying down after their practice, they found it boring.

To me Savasana is juice of the practice, it’s where the “sweetness” comes from.  It allows the body to integrate all the good work it has already done.  A more modern analogy might be that it’s a bit like pressing the save button on a computer.  For me Savasana is a bit like a barometer of the practice that I’ve just completed. If I’ve pushed myself too hard, and have gone beyond my limit I feel tired and my mind is still active. The stories or thoughts that I’ve been telling myself throughout the practice are still with me.  If I’ve stayed with my breath and practiced within my limits then I get this wonderful floating feeling, my breath is easy, my mind is noticeably quiet.  My stories and thoughts tend to be less pronounced or even disappear entirely.

Savasana in sanskrit means ‘corpse’ pose.  One way of looking at it is that each time we get to the end of our practice it gives us the opportunity to shed dead thoughts or emotions or stories that do not serve us.  We breathe them out and let them go into the mat and earth that supports us.  From this place we are able to bring in what we need, emotions and feelings that sustain us.  It could be as simple as ‘I breathe in peace, I breathe out stress’.

It’s important not to move quickly once Savasana is over, hug your knees into you chest and roll to one side.  Take a few more breaths and then slowly peel yourself off the floor into a seated position.  Give yourself the opportunity to be still.  Notice how you feel.  You might find that you are more grounded, more settled – maybe not?  There is no judgement.  But if the thoughts are less scattered, and you feel calmer, remember – this is you. Without all the clutter and chaos that surrounds you.  This is you. Inside all of us, is this still, calm center, which you can access at any time.  Don’t forget it’s there – tune into it each time you finish your practice and see if you can take it away and share it with whoever you meet.  So if you feel like leaving your next yoga class early, please don’t.  Stay and share the benefits of your practice, not only with yourself, but with everyone else too.

Be kind to yourself and hit the save button.



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