Savasana/ Final Relaxation/ Corpse Pose
Some people have noticed that I haven’t written in a while. It has been since June 30th to be exact. My explanation: savasana.
Lie on your back or in any position that gives you total comfort and relaxation. Let your breath return to its natural rhythmic cycle. Continue to release stress and tension, finding peace and calm within yourself. For added comfort, place a small pillow or towel behind your knees or your head. You can also try placing your feet flat on the floor and bending your knees inward, allowing them to lean against one another. Stay in the present moment breathing naturally and completely relaxing.
By way of example, God rested on the 7th day, not because God needed to rest due to exhaustion but because He took time to enjoy what He created (Genesis 1:31).
The psalmist wrote, “Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still” (Psalm 4:4) and “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10).
Even if you aren’t a Christian, you probably know the importance of rest and relaxation. Generally, in our society we are deprived of quiet – a time to be still. Without stillness, the brain and the body become increasingly unable to relax, focus, and learn. I am no doctor, but I wonder if the rise in ADHD correlates to the ubiquitous stimulation our kids have today with the internet, TV, cell phones, etc.
For some, being still and quiet can be scary or awkward. It can be scary because we are left only with our own thoughts. Awkward because we have been trained that we must fill that silent void. Here are a few suggestions to help you still your spirit, body and mind.
- A heavy or weighted blanket
- Lavender or a scent that promotes tranquility (but be careful not to overstimulate yourself with scents – the point is relaxation)
- Eye pillow to block out visual stimulation
- Focal point such as a fire, candle, painting, etc.
- Calming music (like with scents, take care not to overdo the music)
- Guided meditation
- Try relaxing in a different pose such as starfish, easy seated or butterfly
I was busy with my family and needed to rest in order prioritize my life. That meant the blog got a backseat. I love yoga. I love my blog. This journey has been a blessed one. However, I sometimes need to step back, breathe and grow.
Some say that Final Relaxation is the hardest thing to practice in yoga. Before you start packing up your mat at the end of class and skip out, consider how important it really is and give it a chance. It may just change your life.
Please comment and add to the list of helpful suggestions to relax, meditate or rest.