Day 30 Savasana  

Corpse Pose

 

 

 

Savasana (shah-VAHS-uh-nuh)

The final pose of any yoga class is one of deep restoration: Corpse Pose, also sometimes called Final Relaxation Pose. Its Sanskrit name, “Savasana” comes from two words. The first is “Sava” (meaning “corpse”), and the second is “asana” (meaning “pose”). Savasana implies a depth of release that goes beyond simple relaxation. This resting pose takes your yoga practice to a place where you can completely let go.

 

Though it may seem like an easy pose, Savasana can actually be very tough to learn and practice well. The great yoga masters K. Pattabhi Jois and B.K.S. Iyengar even called Savasana the most difficult of all yoga poses. For many students, the ability to lie completely still — like a corpse — while being both fully aware of and unattached from the present moment takes much practice and patience. Unlike active, moving, and physically demanding poses, Savasana requires a conscious decision to release the mental chatter and surrender fully into a state of presence.

The Most Important Pose in Yoga

Many, if not most, yoga traditions and yoga teachers regard Savasana as the single most important pose of your practice. For one thing, it allows your body time to process the information and benefits received from the poses (“asanas”) and breathing exercises (“pranayama”). But the benefits of Savasana are much more than just physical — this pose enhances and renews the body, mind, and spirit.

Savasana is not nap time — you don’t actually fall asleep when practicing it. Instead, the idea is to remain present and aware for the complete duration of the pose. Doing so allows the mental chatter to settle, bringing your awareness even deeper into your innermost and highest state of consciousness. As you go deeper, you can begin to release the tangled knots of patterns (“samskaras”), emotions, and ideas that unconsciously guide your life — freeing you to become more whole and

complete in your true essence.

Through the process of practicing Savasana, you can begin to view your life with more clarity and new awareness. The rejuvenating and mind-clearing aspects of Savasana provide you with the tools to deal with stress and emotions

in your life off the mat.

Benefits of Savasana

Though it’s sometimes used to begin practice, Savasana is most often used to end practice to allow your body, mind, and spirit to fully relax and release tension. It’s a time to let lingering thoughts and worries fade away. From the depth and darkness of Savasana, you can be rejuvenated, refreshed, and reborn.

The deeply relaxing aspect of Savasana is known to be therapeutic for stress. When you’re under stress, your sympathetic nervous system produces a “fight or flight” response that can over-stimulate your mind and body, causing anxiety, fatigue, depression, and disease. Conversely, practicing Savasana stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system — known as the “rest and digest” response. Relaxing the physical body in Savasana has numerous benefits.

In addition to the mind-body benefits, Savasana is also a time during your practice when you can connect with your peaceful, innermost self. The word “yoga” is often translated as “union,” referring to the connection between your mind, body, and spirit. When you settle into Savasana and become aware of this connection, you are truly practicing yoga.

TIMETABLE

Monday

9.45pm Pilates Bannatyne`s Luton 11.30am Yin Yoga Archer's Hitchin

12.30pm Tai Chi Archer's Hitchin

6.45pm Pilates Venue360

8pm Yoga Bannatyne`s Luton

Tuesday

11.15am Pilates Venue360 Luton

1pm Pilates Corporate Class

3pm Yoga Harpenden Sports Centre 

7pm Pilates Dunstable Centre 

8.15pm Yoga Dunstable Centre

Wednesday

6.15pm Yoga Bannatyne's Luton

Thursday

10.45pm Mature Moves Bannatyne's Luton

12pm Meditation Bannatyne's Luton

2pm Yoga Venue360 Luton

8.15pm Pilates HRLC

Friday

11am Pilates Venue360 Luton 

12.30pm Yoga Harpenden Sports Centre

3.15pm Yoga Harpenden Sports Centre 

6.30pm Yoga Bannatyne's Luton

Saturday

8.30am Yin Yoga Archer's Hitchin

9.30am Hatha Yoga Archer's Hitchin 

10.30am Tai Chi Archer's Hitchin

2pm Pilates North Herts LC

3pm Yoga North Herts LC

 

Sunday

8.50am Yoga Harpenden Sports Centre

(every other week)

10.15am Pilates Bannatyne´s Luton 

11.15am Yoga Bannatyne´s Luton  

4pm Pilates Houghton Regis Lc

5pm Yoga Houghton Regis Lc

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