What is Savasana, and Why is it Important?

If you’ve ever done yoga, you undoubtedly remember the pose at the end of the session involving lying still on your back with your eyes closed. That pose is called Savasana, and it’s considered by some to be the most crucial yoga poses of all.

Practicing yogis have a variety of opinions on Savasana. Some love it, finding it to be peaceful and feeling that it provides needed mind-clearing closure to the end of a yoga lesson. Others hate it, finding it difficult to lie still and keep their mind clear. It may sound crazy, but some even consider Savasana to be the hardest yoga pose!

As said above, Savasana provides multiple benefits, serving as the “cherry on top” of every yoga class. It may seem unnecessary, but in truth, you’re missing out if you skip Savasana! 

Keep reading to learn more about this unique pose—its history, purpose, benefits, and why you should never skip it.

What is Savasana?

Savasana, also called Shavasana or Mrtasana, is an asana (or pose) in hatha yoga that involves lying still on one’s back with the limbs extended and palms facing up and practicing full relaxation. For this reason, it is often referred to as Corpse Pose. That may sound freaky, but Savasana is really about coming back to life.

Why is Savasana important?

You can think of Savasana as a process of “dying” and being “reborn” as a new you who has absorbed the therapeutic benefits of yoga. Yoga is a highly physical practice, but it is also a mentally challenging activity. Savasana gives one the chance to absorb the physical and mental growth the class offered.

Why is Savasana challenging for many yogis?

During the Eagle or Chair pose, your mind probably isn’t wandering far from the present moment. All your energy is focused on your body and what you are doing at the present moment. That’s one of the key points of yoga!

Yet, true presence is being able to stay mentally present when there’s no urgent physical activity to focus on. Savasana allows you to forget your body for a moment and sit with your mind for a while. Basically, it is meditation. 

Meditation is very challenging for most beginners. We all experience “monkey mind” from time to time, especially in this modern, fast-paced world. That is only amplified when lying still in a quiet room with only your thoughts to focus on.

Tips for a successful Savasana:

  • Don’t be so hard on yourself! It’s normal to have thoughts and feelings. It’s a very advanced skill to be able to sit with a completely clear headspace. Observe your thoughts pass by, but don’t follow them.
  • Just as you do during other yoga poses, focus on your body’s movements, namely your deep breathing.
  • Appreciate Savasana. Savasana is only unpleasant when you view it that way. Remind yourself of the benefits of the pose, and eventually, you may learn to enjoy it.

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