Try this variation of Savasana to give your mind, body, and spirit a break from everyday stress and a view into contentment.
When I took my first yoga class, I did not like Savasana. Not even the tiniest bit. I had enjoyed the active stretching poses, and when asked to lie down on my mat at the end of class, I felt confused about what we were doing and why we were doing it. I had negative judgments about “lying here and wasting time.” Needless to say, I was soon sold on the absolute value of being still. Now, I fly all over the world teaching people to do nothing—and I’m here to show you how it’s done.
- Is familiar to almost all yoga students.
- Creates the potential for very deep relaxation.
- Can be practiced with a variety of setups, with or without props, depending on the circumstances.
- Is the most basic pose of Restorative Yoga and thus the most important.
- Lowers blood pressure.
- Effectively slows heart and respiratory rates.
- Remains a good choice for practitioners with no lower-back issues.
Avoid this pose if you…
- Cannot easily get up from or down to the floor.
- Are past the first trimester of pregnancy.
- Have experienced some form of trauma that makes you anxious or uncomfortable to lie on the floor in a vulnerable, open position.
- 1 sticky mat
- 1 bolster
- 1 block (If you are using a round bolster, you do not need a block.)
- 5 firm blankets, including a covering blanket (not shown)
- 1 eye bag or hand towel to cover your eyes
- 2 large eye bags, one for each hand (optional, not shown)
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