Enjoy your Savasana

When I first came to yoga class, I always fall asleep when do Savasana as I was so tired after whole practice. Until one day the teacher told us that when Savasana is done correctly and intentionally it is one of the most important and beneficial pose in our practice. In that time, I realize that I was not supposed to fall asleep or think what to eat later to kill time in savasana. If we do the Savasana with mind racing and body tense, we missing out the benefits of this posture. Savasana need completely and totally relaxed, in other word, is conscious relaxation, inner peace, where we release the tension constantly from our body. Here are the steps of how to do savasana: 1. Find a low-light, quiet place that doesn’t have any distractions. 2. Lie on your back, slowly stretch the legs out straight one at the time without disturbing the position of the pelvis or lower back. Allow your legs to roll out to the side from the hips to the feet. Put your arms at your side with your palms facing up, your fingers curling naturally. Draw the shoulder blades down the back and open the chest towards the chin. The head and neck should never arch back. Do not allow your head to turn to the side. 3. After aligning your bogy in a straight line so you are comfortable and relaxed, resist the temptation to keep readjusting. Stay perfectly still and quiet and be aware of your body relaxing deeply into the floor. Breathe as smoothly as you can, as you let go of your breath with the exhalation feel any tension or thoughts pass away. 4. Stay 5 to 20 minutes. To come out, slowly start to come back by wiggling your fingers and toes while still keeping your eyes closed. 5. Bring your knees to your chest, wrap your arms around them, and give them a squeeze. Keeping your knees against your chest, roll onto your right side and slowly push yourself to an upright position using your right elbow.
Rao Xinyi(200hr YTT Weekend class)

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