Savasana is one of those things that everyone knows is super important but no one seems to give it the love and attention that it needs. When I was taking online yoga classes Savasana was like 30 seconds. It didn’t last long at all and I was always left longing for more time. They were online classes so I could extend my Savasana if I wanted, but it still seemed super odd to me that it was so short.
So when I finally began taking studio classes it was super nice that Savasana was at least a few minutes. I had time to cool down, clear my mind and prepare myself for the rest of the day off my mat. Savasana was not to be rushed, it’s probably one of the most important parts of your yoga practice and we really need to take the time to relax in it and take our mind into that mind space.
So when I started teaching, I made a huge effort to save that last 5 minutes of class for Savasana. I call it the 5 minute Savasana. While the class does not actually stay that long in Savasana, they get at least 2-3 minutes to wind down and then the 1-2 minutes to slowly wake back up and come to their seated position. Which most people in my classes take full advantage of. I have learned so many new Savasana tips from my class that I never thought of before.
One good tip I see is using a blanket in Savasana. Covering up and getting full into that relaxation for Savasana. If Savasana only lasts a matter of seconds then you don’t have the time to get that relaxed and into your space.
A longer Savasana offers a better cool down, a clearer mind and ties your practice together. And it’s important to give our muscles, as well as our mind, that time to rest and cool down after a sessions. And depending on the type of yoga you’re doing, it can be your key to a perfect practice.
If you’re doing mild yoga, especially before bed it can really help to bring you into that chill space especially for bedtime. The only time a Savasana isn’t relay used in a yoga practice is when you’re specially doing a short flow to wake up or build energy. Like a 15 minute session. Otherwise Savasana is key to almost every practice.
So next time you find yourself on your mat, try to extend your Savasana a little longer. Bring yourself to that clear minded space, prepare yourself for the rest of the day and really bring a nice close to your practice. A movie or a book just doesn’t end abruptly, there is always some sort of closure (unless you’re watching Infinity Wars apparently) and your yoga practice is the same way. Don’t leave yourself hanging on a cliffhanger. Go the distance and give yourself a wonderful ending.
And Savasana does not have to be traditional either. Find a different way to lay, use blankets, blocks and bolsters and get so comfortable in your Savasana. Play around with it and find whats perfect for you and your body. Really begin to love your Savasana, not just because we have to or it’s a nice rest after hard poses.
So take the time you need, find what works for you and enjoy the best ending you can possibly make for a practice. Self-care has many different faces, and a good Savasana can be one of the best ways to practice self-care.