I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again—a major part of my fitness routine is yoga! I LOVE the way yoga makes me feel. It stretches me, affirms my flexibility and relaxes my mind, body and soul.
There are 84 poses in yoga, and of all of them, my favorite is Savasana, or “Corpse Pose.” Stop laughing!
Just kidding… please laugh.
While barely a pose at all, this position requires nothing except lying down in absolute stillness. It may seem simple, but it’s incredibly important to our overall practice. Typically the last step of any yoga practice, during Savasana, we get the chance to thank our bodies for the hard work we’ve put it through and give ourselves time out of our busy day to “just be.” As we do this, our nervous system also gets a chance to return to its resting baseline.
Ready to see why I love it so much? Find your own Savasana with these 5 simple steps:
Step 1: Sit down on your yoga mat with your knees bent and your feet flat on the ground. Gradually lean back on your elbows and let your body slowly fall all the way back. Gently extend your legs straight out in front of you and place your arms about 45 degrees from the side of your body, palms facing upward. (You should feel super relaxed here!)
Step 2: Close your eyes. Take long, full, deep breaths through your nose. Feel your body sink into the mat.
Step 3: Do you feel relaxed, or are there still parts of your body that feel tension? If so, allow yourself to release it. Continue to breathe deeply and feel the stillness of the moment. There should be absolutely no tension in any part of your body. Focusing on our breath will not only allow our bodies to relax, but our minds, as well.
Step 4: Lie in silence for 5 to 15 minutes… or however long feels best for you.
Step 5: When it’s time to come out of Savasana, do so gently. Start by wiggling your fingers and toes. Stretch your arms over your head. Bend your knees to your chest and roll over on one side, lying in the fetal position. Most importantly—smile. A quick smile not only releases endorphins, but has been proven to slow down our heart rate and reduce stress, too.
To your health!