The Art of Practicing Savasana

This week I am in a Restorative Yoga Teacher Training.  Restorative Yoga is about Open-ness and not about Stretch.

Restorative Yoga is about using props to create a sense of comfort and ease in the body to help achieve health and well being.

In our busy, daily lives, we run around and complain about not having enough time!  This leads to stress!  I’m here to tell you that while we cannot make more time, we can manage our time better.  We can plan to go to bed earlier to get a better nights sleep.  We can plan to leave 5-10 minutes sooner to avoid being rushed.  We have control over these things!  When we are at ease, we are not stressed.  So, one way to help with that is to practice Savasana (corpse pose).  I would ask you to join me this week in trying to Savasana for a few minutes every day.  Make time for yourself to relax!

Savasana is done lying down.  You should be relaxed….meaning you are:

  • Still
  • Quiet
  • Warm
  • In a Dark or dimly lit room or have your eyes covered

Work with what you have, but if you have a bolster for under your knees and a small towel or blanket under your head that would be ideal.  If you are cold, put a blanket over yourself.  Cover your eyes or be in a dark room.  Now just breathe and let go.

Set a timer your first time so that you aren’t fidgeting and wondering if you are done.  Set a timer for 2 minutes to start, then work your way up to 5 minutes and so on.  Can you possibly get to 15 minutes or 20 minutes?  Try it!

I would ask you to try doing this every day this week for a few minutes each day.  Create some time for yourself, set a timer and then relax in Savasana.  Each day increase the time by a minute or so and see how you feel by the end of the week.


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