Savasana is the Sanskrit word for corpse pose or relaxation pose.
Savasana or relaxation pose is usually the last pose practised in a hatha yoga class and is arguably the most important pose of all! It is a simple supine pose; the arms are a little away from the sides of the body on the floor with palms up; both legs are extended, feet wider than the hips and feet relax out in opposite directions; the head is centered.
The pose is placed towards the end of the class to allow for the benefits of the practice to be assimilated. Savasana sets up the conditions that allow you to gradually enter a truly relaxed state, one that is deeply refreshing in itself and that also can serve as a starting point for meditation.
The essence of Savasana is to relax with attention, that is, to remain conscious while still being at ease. Remaining aware while relaxing can help you begin to notice and release long-held tensions in your body and mind. This pose is one of letting go, relinquishing all effort and allowing yourself to simply ‘be’ (rather than do).
Benefits of savasana include feeling more relaxed; de-stressing body and mind (rest and digest); feeling calmer; preparation for meditation.
Victoria has been practising relaxation for 20 years and teaching it for 11. Savasana is always included in Victoria’s Ealing yoga classes and workshops. This can take the form of a simple guided relaxation, a silent relaxation or a yoga nidra (yogic sleep) which is a much longer, deeper relaxation which takes 25-45 minutes. Yoga nidra is sometimes taught at the end of term, on workshops and on retreat.
Try a free, simple guided relaxation with Victoria here