While the end of a yoga class should be the pinnacle of relaxation, sometimes getting into Savasana (Corpse pose) can be a bigger stretch for your mind than any pretzel-like shape for your body. I'm a big believer that no matter what, you should stay quiet on your mat and not leave the room, but I know firsthand how tricky getting your mind to simply hang out can be in the beginning. Whether you have a consistent practice or you're a newbie to the final relaxation pose, here are four tips to take to your heart before you lie down and sink into Savasana.
- Be comfortable: No need to rush into the pose — setting up properly is half the battle of Savasana. Pay attention to where your body needs a little extra love or attention. Let your feet fall to the sides of your mat. Let your chin slightly roll into your chest. Grab a blanket or a bolster to put under your knees if you want to take some pressure off your lower back. This is your time. Whatever feels good and relaxing for you, make it happen.
- Focus on the spot between your eyes: In the beginning of my yoga journey, I knew that Savasana was supposed to be relaxing and fun, but I could not understand how everyone was just chilling out in a way that seemed so simple and easy. Focusing on your third eye may sound a little hippie-dippie for your taste, but if you're having a difficult time getting cozy, it's definitely worth a try! It wasn't until I made the simultaneous connection between my inhale and focusing on the spot in between my eyes that I was able to sink deep for the first time. It's my go-to move whenever my mind is racing.
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- Pay attention to your breath: Going through a full yoga practice offers a bounty of benefits to your whole body, but it also makes your breath far fuller and more powerful. Concentrate on your inhales and exhales as you sink into Savasana. When other thoughts pop up, there's no need to get mad! Simply acknowledge them, and then let them pass. They're not serving you in this moment. By coming back to your breath, you're making the conscious decision to support your practice and all the hard work you put in.
- Don't try to rush it: Your mind may be going at warp speed, but wishing your sweet Savasana away is not going to make the experience any easier. Recognize that this pose is an integral part of the yoga practice. If you're hustling and bustling all day, go into Savasana with the realization that this is your time to chill and be blissful. No lists, no reminders, no nothing. Just be. It will definitely take some practice, but once you hit the sweet spot, you'll be so grateful you made this commitment to yourself and your well-being.
What's your experience been like in Savasana? Is it your favorite part of the practice or does it take a while to relax? Share your journey below!