Savasana is a pose that is used to rejuvenate or relax your body at the end of yoga sessions.
Savasana is a Sanskrit word where sava means ‘corpse’ and asana is denoted to a ‘posture’ or ‘pose’.
Though savasana is usually practiced at the end of yoga sessions to provide a complete sense of freshness to the body, it can also be practiced in the beginning or middle of the sessions to provide a better start or break.
This pose is also known to revamp root chakra, Muladhara and helps us to be more stable and secure in life.
To practice this pose, you have to lie down facing up with your hands on either side, relaxed. Place your legs a little apart from each other along with eyes shut and proceed with taking a long and deep breath.
This pose is not only important for relaxing the body but gives you an actual sense of freshness and freedom just as the name says, savasana.
Savasana or corpse pose might look very easy to perform but is not. People with great flexibility and good performance in yoga class finds it a lot harder to lie down and relax the body than to perform critical poses.
It is never easy to tell your brain to relax, just like that. There are several researches out there supporting the fact of how difficult it has become to rest your body when your state of mind is constantly stuck in the hustle of life.
Therefore, Savasana is a bliss that prepares your body to gradually adapt to the good and benefits of the poses and postures provided by yoga and help your body and mind to relax.
Initially, it might look and feel difficult to just lie there and try to relax. Many of the times you will start feeling drowsy and sleepy while performing the pose.
“Savasana is being aware of your surroundings, your state of mind while being completely relaxed.”
Practicing yoga can change the way to proceed and dwell your life and to maintain that sacred relationship between you and yoga, savasana is performed before you enter the hustle of your life.
Yoga is a practice that helps you to perform different breathing activities by putting pressure on your nervous system.
Practicing to put pressure on your body in a hypothetical situation such as performing a normal activity will help you in real life to go through different situations in a very calm manner.
Savasana helps you absorb the qualities provided by yoga in a very subtle manner before entering in the real, usual world.
Now while performing Savasana you have to focus on your state of mind since the whole point of this practice is to increase concentration.
“It is quite easy to get caught in the undesirable situations that life throws at you but dwelling on them can cause you to suffer from anxiety, stress, etc. Savasana helps you to relax and stay calm in such situations and proceed with a clear state of mind.”
“Everyone is running behind being more productive and hustle more but nobody is putting much concern towards why there is a need to be more productive.
Your body is naturally more productive when you are focused and clear in actions you perform and Savasana helps you build the foundation for such concentration.”
Savasana is not only the need of the body but the need of the hour too. We all tend to get too busy in our daily lives trying to be a better version of ourselves that we forget to take a break and rejuvenate.
Our bodies tend to develop stress and results can be quite severe in extreme cases such as suffering from anxiety attacks or getting severely ill.
Savasana is a simple solution to all the stress that we humans built inside our bodies. You don’t need to be an expert while doing this and can comfortably perform this practice in your house without any hustle.
Sushant is Meditation & Philosophy Teacher and Academic Director at Rishikesh Yogis. Sushant carries long years of experience teaching practical as well as philosophical aspects of Kundalini yoga, Kriya yoga, Hatha Yoga and Tantra philosophy.