How to have a great Savasana in every yoga class

alignyo: the importance of savasana. How to have a great savasana in yoga.
Savasana is one of the most relaxing and beneficial yoga poses.
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In our eyes, savasana is the dessert of yoga practice: something we look forward to and totally enjoy. 

But if you're one of those yogis who struggles to snuggle into savasana and truly let go, we understand. It isn't easy to set your to-do list for later aside and just relax. But learning to ease into savasana can have many benefits for your health and your yoga practice, so we’re here to help. Here are a few tips on how to have an awesome savasana at the end of every yoga class.

Get ready for relaxation bliss:

Get comfy 

As you settle into savasana, close your eyes and take up space. Allow your toes to fall out to your sides, and really place your arms out wide. Keep your palms facing up. Relax the muscles in your face; it can be surprising how much tension we hold in our facial muscles until we consciously allow them to soften. Ease your tongue away from the roof of your mouth. Disengage your ujjayi breath and breath naturally.  

Still not comfy?

  • Consider utilizing props like a bolster under your knees. This helps to relieve low back tension. 
  • You may find that you grow cold during savasana so feel free to put on a sweatshirt or cover yourself with a blanket or a towel. 
  • Many yogis also enjoy covering their eyes during this posture with anything they have on hand to help them shut out external distractions and dive deeper within. 
  • Do what it takes to make this pose work for you, just like any other posture throughout class.  

Just be 

Allow your thoughts to come and go. Just like in any meditation, you won't be able to turn off your thoughts completely; acknowledge them, then watch them drift away as quickly as they came.  

As the teacher guides you out of savasana, take the time to slowly wake your body up. Start by stretching your fingers, wrists and hands while you gently point and flex your feet. Keep your eyes closed, move slow and try not to let your mind start thinking about everything you have to do as soon as you step out of the studio. Enjoy those last few moments of uninterrupted bliss. 

Are you a savasana fan? What are your favorite ways to settle into this pose? 

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