Just when you think yoga savasana couldn’t get better… this easy-peasy, cheap prop will bring you to new ecstasy. It will enlighten you, release you, and seduce you into yoga paradise
July 18, 2022
Yoga Savasana might seem ineffectual if you’re relatively new to yoga practice or if you have a very distracted mind. Some folks skip this closing practice altogether and dart to the nearest door. (More commonly seen in a gym-like atmosphere, however very uncommon in a yoga studio.) However, skipping your Savasana is akin to leaving the embers after dousing a fire.
Why is Savasana Important?
Savasana, aka Corpse pose, closes every yoga class. It is a time for you to unwind. It is a time for you to surrender to your full breath and enjoy a state of peace. Our body slows down, our breath slows down. This is when the healing begins. So, make the most of it.
Viewed by some as a waste of precious time, nothing is more untrue. What is true is many yoga newbies find it a challenge to lie down and relax. And quiet our thoughts? It is completely foreign to those “darters” to bring the mind chatter to silent mode.
What Our Savasana Does
Savasana (aka resting pose or corpse pose) is lying on your back on the floor
- Savasana brings us to a moderate meditative state of rest
- It provides us pause to sink our teeth into our today practice and respect what we’ve accomplished.
- Savasana enhances the rejuvenation of our body and mind
- Physically, savasana reduces stress or tension, increases blood circulation, lessens insomnia and depression
Seriously, Savasana delivers a whole new transition to your session. Cherished like a jewel – it extends beyond your today yoga class. Regular Savasana practice takes you well into your day and your future well-being.
In participating in this mind discipline our emotional function becomes more even-keeled. Our reactions to difficult, surprising, or negative situations become less combustible. This is a topic for another day. Today we soak up…
How to get the most out of Savasana
Simply covering the eyes in Resting pose is the conquering touch. How does this tiny action become a game-changer to end an asana session?
Not only do eye covers block the light, but placing an article on the eyes (or forehead) calms the body AND the mind. Your resting pose is immediately off to an exquisite beginning.
So here are a couple of Savasana Eye Tips
- Before you cruise to your next yoga class, roll a dry washcloth inside your yoga mat. The prize is two-fold. 1) You can swab if you sweat and, 2) later fold it to cover your eyes in savasana – a super treat. Ah, what a difference a washcloth makes!
- Even better, utilize your venue’s eye pillows. 1) These fabulous deliberately weighted pillows relieve eye tension; 2) Plus, the pillow’s light pressure on the eyes stimulates the vagus nerve which originates in our brain. It helps control our mood, regulates the heart rate and digestion
- For hygiene, wrap a tissue around the eye pillow before placement so the surface is fresh for you. Or… treat yourself to an eye pillow for just $6 or $10—another easy roll-up in your mat. Weighted eye pillows are also used before bedtime or napping.
NOTE: Avoid weighted pillows in resting pose if you have low blood pressure.
So That Said…
Leading yourself to “the edge” isn’t always physical. Immerse yourself fully in your well-deserved yoga class finale… resting pose.
Scoop up these precious closing minutes of peace with every yoga practice’s champion prop, the eye pillow. You will unplug from noisy thoughts or personal judgments and genuinely melt into the joyful present. You will reduce stress, calm your mind, and raise your awareness. You will be grateful for these minutes of paradise.
After all, you are in yoga to feel better and function better each passing day, correct?
Gwenn Jones, CPT — Content writer in Wellness-Lifestyle-Fitness, Gwenn is a 25-year ACE-certified personal fitness trainer, yoga studio owner, instructor and fitness consultant. Grateful to be a native Californian where happily home-based.