• Rebecca Laidlaw

Don't skip Savasana!

Savasana - corpse pose - you know that ten minutes where you lie in stillness, legs flopping to the sides, arms away from the body and chin slightly tucked or as I like to call it lying flat out. Flat out without a care in the world, grounded on your mat and savoring those last moments before going back to reality at the end of a class. We don't skip this in class as it's pretty much enforced (in a nice way of course) meaning you take the chance to lie there when your yoga practice has calmed your mind and your body is pretty zonked too (in a feel-good and stretched out kind of way).

However, with the rise of home practice due to lockdown in a lot of countries (thank you COVID-19) we aren't getting to our weekly classes and home practice is on the rise. With that comes the automatic dismissal of one of the most important postures of your whole yoga practice. But why? Why is Savasana important anyway? Well, dear reader, I'm glad you asked.

Savasana is an underrated posture that relaxes the body, reduces headaches, combats fatigue, can help with insomnia and lower blood pressure. It calms the brain which I know I can certainly benefit from in these times, how about you?

If that wasn't enough here's the real low-down for all you science lovers. Savasana activates the parasympathetic nervous system which is responsible for resting, digesting, feeding and breeding. Super important jobs right there, huh? The activation of the parasympathetic nervous system lifts your mood and strengthens your immune system. Especially in these times of anxiety and fear, our stress levels are through the roof which is down to our sympathetic nervous systems flight or fight response to the world we live in and especially now with the introduction of lockdowns and self-isolation. So be sympathetic and give this nervous system a break and invest in some Savasana.

I suppose what I'm trying to say is if you're going to skip a posture, don't make it this one. Even if you are interrupted by the kids, the pets, your partner just include them and make the time for this. Your body and your mind will pay you back for that ten minutes ten-fold.

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