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Strike a Peaceful Pose

Relax with Savasana

One of my favorite yoga postures is savasana, or corpse pose. This exercise requires you to lie still, breathe, and go into a meditative state. It’s basically a mini-nap, and how cool is it that you get to take a nap at the end of a workout? I never have the time to take naps on my own, so savasana, to me, is a guilty pleasure and unexpected delight.

In actuality, savasana is so much more than a nap and really one of the most important asanas in your yoga practice. It is the time when your body takes in all the benefits of the previous postures as they soak into your internal organs and seal in the benefits of your practice. In many cases, savasana is the only part of my day where I fully de-stress and let go. It’s important not to rush through savasana, and to take the time to relax, breathe, and let the deep relaxation do its work.

I recently went to a Vinyasa yoga class and got a great yoga workout. The instructor did an incredible job of taking the class through the relaxation process during savasana. It was wonderful listening to his calming voice and following his directions to experience a deeper state of relaxation. As we came out of savasana, the instructor asked us all to remember the place of calm we were in, to take that harmonious feeling throughout our day and to come back to it whenever we encountered stressful or unpleasant situations. I was feeling rather blissful at the time and I do my best to remember that experience so I can visit it whenever I need to feel at peace.

Next time you strike the savasana pose, take a mental picture of your tranquil, relaxed state and store it away for future enjoyment. We all have a lot going on in our minds and many tasks to remember each day, so be sure to set aside a little extra storage space in your brain to capture this important and pleasurable image. It’s like looking back at vacation pictures that always bring a smile to your face. So strike a pose for inner peace!

Maria Santoferraro
Blogger, Yogi
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Elise Edson commented on 28-Mar-2011 06:55 AM5 out of 5 stars

Great article. As a new teacher, I sometimes forget to set aside enough time at the end class for a full savasana. Thanks for the reminder about its importance & ideas for sharing that with my students!

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