The savasana pose is translated as “corpse pose” and is always practiced at the end of a yoga class.
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The savasana pose is translated as “corpse pose” and is always practiced at the end of a yoga class. It allows for some stillness, after a dynamic physical practice.
Savasana is a pose of total relaxation, which can often make it quite challenging for some practitioners. One of its main purposes is to integrate the physical practice of yoga, and help calm and steady the nervous system. It allows the body time to process all the information at the end of a yoga class.
As a pose, the savasana posture has many benefits. It brings a deep, meditative state of rest, which may help in the repair of tissues and cells, and in releasing stress. It helps reduce blood pressure, anxiety, and is an excellent way to ground the body.
Even though savasana is a resting pose, it is not the same as sleeping. It is important to stay present and aware during the duration it is held. It is typically practiced for five to ten minutes, and is often referred to as “final relaxation.” It is a practice of letting go, where the practitioner stays present, but is able to rest the mind and physical body. Thus, it is often encouraged to simply allow the thoughts to come and go during this stage of the practice—not blocking them, but also not following them.
It is essential that the body be placed in a neutral position, to induce relaxation and comfort. The breath is allowed to simply occur naturally.
Very quickly, savasana often becomes the favourite part of any yoga class.