At the end of every yoga class we are asked to do something that seems so easy, lie completely still. However this is arguably the hardest pose to master and definitely requires just as much attention as the other poses. To lie still and quiet your mind can be really challenging, and confusing. So why do we do it?
Savasana or Corpse Pose is a chance for you to completely surrender, to be reborn and let everything you no longer need die (it does indeed sound a bit morbid, but it is more like a Phoenix!) Shed toxic layers of anger, greed or guilt and focus on what and where you want to be, and be just that.
The benefits of letting your body and mind completely relax after stretching and strengthening the body are endless.
By bringing your attention to your natural breath you give your mind a break from planning dinner or that work meeting you had earlier. When not letting your thoughts run away you can truly stay in-, and appreciate the present moment.
Relaxing your whole body while still being awake and conscious helps your nervous system calm down. So instead of being in flight or fight mode, the sympathetic nervous system, where stress, fatigue, anxiety and depression thrives, you enter the parasympathetic nervous system, also known as rest and digest mode. Which will come with benefits such as:
- Lower blood pressure
- Decreased heart rate
- Decreased muscle tension, such as chronic back pains
- Fewer headaches
- Relief from anxiety and panic attacks
- Increased overall energy levels
- Increased productivity
- Improved concentration and memory
- Clear-headedness and a sense of focus
- Heightened self-confidence
In addition to all the physical benefits, Savasana is normally where most people find a way to bring yoga off the mat. 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. And slowly you learn how to cooperate this in to your stressful everyday life.