Why is Savasana so hard?

What is Savasana?

Savasana, Corpse or Dead Body Pose. The term Savasana comes from the Sanskrit shava, meaning “corpse,” and asana, meaning “pose” or “posture.” The common English name for savasana is corpse pose.

Savasana might look like a nap at the end of your yoga practice, but it’s actually a fully conscious pose aimed at being awake, yet completely relaxed. In Savasana you lie down on your back and relax your body and mind so you may fully assimilate the benefits of your asana practice.

During final Savasana in the Bikram Practice, you close your eyes, breathe naturally, and practice eliminating tension from the body. Traditionally, this posture lasts for 10 to 20 minutes, however, we recommend at least 2 and up to 10 minutes at the end of class and this will still offer powerful benefits.

The Benefits of Savasana

Savasana helps relieve mild depression, high blood pressure, headaches, fatigue, and insomnia. Savasana can calm the nervous system and promote equanimity in the entire body. Fatigued muscles get to relax, tense shoulders and jaws soften, and the eyes quiet down to reflect a quieter state of mind.

Why is Savasana so mentally challenging?

This pose is more difficult than you might realize. The body can cause distractions that make it a challenge to relax. Your body might feel unsettled, hot, or anxious. Savasana occurs at the end of the yoga practice to remedy this obstacle.

By the time you’ve completed asanas, or postures, your body and mind should be prepared enough to relax sufficiently. Even if your body is ready to rest, your mind may create an obstacle.

Here are some common thoughts that may arise during relaxation:

  • How much longer will we be here?

  • Why is the person breathing so loudly?

  • I need to shower.

  • I hope I turned off the iron.

  • What am I making for dinner when I get home?

  • Is this relationship really working out?

  • I’m hungry.

  • What’s my life all about, anyway?

  • I smell like sweat.

  • Did I remember to lock the door?

  • Maybe I should quit my job.

It is common for the mind to try to resist this deep rest. Savasana is the ultimate act of conscious surrender. and it requires practice and patience to release control easily.

With the outside world progressing quickly, cultivating relaxation in Savasana is more meaningful than ever. Learning how to relax and just be is a skill that will facilitate more productivity when it’s needed.

Savasana teaches us to surrender and resist fighting the clock. It makes space for peace and harmony in every part of our being. Savasana is like turning off your computer when it’s acting up. Once you reboot it, the computer often has greater functionality. Clear your mind, relax your body, and surrender to Savasana.

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