Aah, savasana. That lovely bit at the end. Or, that bit when I’m supposed to completely relax but my mind is running in circles. How is it for you? Sometimes we experience a flip between these feelings around savasana on a daily basis. Nevertheless, I cannot advocate strongly enough for savasana as a daily practice. I entreat you not to dismiss or neglect it and not to underestimate its transformational powers over a lifetime.
It’s important to finish each and every practice of yogasana and pranayama with savasana for a number of reasons:
7 Good Reasons to practise Savasana
- It marks the end of the practice, giving a sense of completion and contentment.
- It allows the benefits of the practice, both physical and psychological, to embed and consolidate.
- Even a short savasana is like plugging a device in to re-charge. It’s immensely restorative.
- It is soothing for the nervous system, so reduces symptoms of stress and anxiety.
- It allows the senses to completely rest from their habitual activity, reducing their attachment to external objects.
- It is a bridge between the ‘outer’ aspects of the yoga practice and the ‘inner’ aspects; it allows us to dive deeply inside that inner experience in a safe and secure way.
- It is one of the best preparations for a good death.