The Importance of Savasana
Almost every yoga class taught at Blooming Lotus begins and ends with Savasana. This quiet stillness at the beginning of your practice allows time for quieting the mind and relaxing the body, so that you can create the movement of your practice with a calm focused mind, an open heart, and complete awareness. It is not a time to reflect on all of the days events or to think about everything that is waiting for you when you leave the mat. It is a time to let go of all of that and commit to your practice and the focus on the present moment.
Savasana at the end of class is for the purpose of absorbing and digesting the benefits of your practice. It is, in many ways, the most important part of your practice. To skip final Savasana is equivalent to fixing a four course meal and then throwing it away without taking a bite. Or drawing a nice warm bubble bath and pulling the plug without ever getting in. It makes no sense. This deeply relaxing meditation is reason we do what we do.
You may hear the word pronounced Savasana or Shavasana, or called corpse pose or sponge pose, all different ways of saying the same thing. It is a time to be still and quiet and observe your body melting away into relaxation as your mind creates a state of absorption. Try not to fidget, just be still, open, and absorb. That is where the real “yoga” happens.
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