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Savasana is a meditation and resting time, usually at the end of your practice that allows your body to integrate all the poses into your muscle memory. In this pose, you release all of your muscles from working – letting your body & mind relax. Relaxing your body & mind while staying awake shuts OFF your sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight) response, leaving you calmer during your day and able to sleep better at night!
This pose can also be practiced by itself at any time of the day – and its especially helpful when you are feeling stressed to just take a break!
~Lay on your back on the floor or on a bed.
~Scan your body from your toes up to your head, relaxing each major body part as you bring your awareness to it. For example, relax your feet, lower legs, knees, thighs, pelvis, lower back & belly, upper back & chest, shoulders, neck, face and head.
~When you get all the way to the top of your head, see if you can detach from any reactions to the thoughts that may pop up. Thoughts will probably come up, but instead of following them down the rabbit hole – where one thought leads to another, then another etc. – just mentally acknowledge that thought. Try saying, thanks for letting me know, or I’ll think about that later, or anything that resonates with you.
~Stay here for 5-20 minutes, but stay awake!
~When this pose feels complete, roll to one side, resting there for a breath or 2, then come back to a comfortable seated position. Take a couple breaths to transition from the practice back into the rest of your day!
~Place a rolled up blanket under your knees to make this pose more comfortable.
~Use a pillow or blanket underneath your head.
~Cover yourself with a blanket – your body tends to cool down when you stop moving.
**This pose is called the most challenging yoga pose. Don’t be upset if your mind won’t stop chattering right away. This takes practice. Celebrate any small victories – even 30 seconds of mental peace and quiet!**
Listen to your body in this pose and support yourself in whatever way feels best to you. If there is too much sensation in your hamstrings or lower back from laying flat out, please place as many pillows under your knees as it takes for you to be comfortable. If you have any medical concerns, talk with your doctor before practicing yoga.