IS SAVASANA IMPORTANT? DEFINITELY!

How often do we take time to relax? When we practice yoga, we exert energy focusing, movement and breathing. Initially, we expel more energy and effort to understand the practice. Once we become accustomed to the rhythm and sequence of a class, we adjust and the class becomes second nature. We deepen our relationship and experience. Initially there is effort, but at the end of class we take Savasana. On many occasions, over the many years of teaching, I have students leave class right at the practice of Savasana.  Guess what, Savasana is still a part of the yoga class! It is arguably the most important part of the class. Missing Savasana can be just a detrimental as missing the warmup or any integral part of a mindful sequence. Savasana is not the practice we take, it is the posture we take. The misunderstood “Savasana” that people speak of is actually Yoga Nidra, the practice of conscious relaxation. This practice is an integral step of learning to relax. Allowing the body to be still and settling into the natural rhythm of your breath is the basis of relaxing. Watching TV and listening to music isn’t relaxing, it’s simply moving from high stress to less stress. Sleeping and napping is not relaxing, it is resting without cognition or minimal consciousness. For those of us who consider yoga to be a workout, you must cool down after you relax after every workout. No one ends a workout with jumping jacks or high intensity training. For those of us coming to yoga for the spiritual and existential practice, Savasana is the practice of death. It is our ability to practice acceptance of the inevitable. It is the practice of accepting things we cannot change. It is the practice of conquering fear. Savasana is our point of integration. Allow yourself the opportunity to relax and intelligently thread the connections of our experience without the effort of thinking. Allow yourself these few minutes toward the end of your class.