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  • Writer's pictureTracey L. Kelley

Why You Need to Just Lie There

Ahhhhhh, savasana. The best part of a yoga practice! You might also know it as shavasana, (pronounced shuh-VAH-suh-nuh), Corpse Pose, Final Relaxation Pose, or Final Resting Pose. No matter how you say it, it's purpose is the same: renewal.

There are many reasons why the majority of yoga classes end with savasana. It's not a throwaway pose. Regardless of how vigorous or mellow your physical practice may be, savasana is essential to complete your session for various reasons:

  1. It helps activate the parasympathetic nervous system ("rest and digest") to promote a calming response.

  2. The mind acknowledges there's nothing left to do, which enables a deeper form of relaxation.

  3. When it's time to return to the real world, we awaken the body and mind in unison, more peaceful and complete.

Some yoga theorists even state that leaving savasana by curling onto our sides before moving into a seated position is like a form of "rebirth".

The desire "to do" and "to go"—frequently present in life and surprisingly, in our yoga practice as well—ends with savasana, which might be the greatest benefit of all. Rarely do we give ourselves permission to simply "be". Which is why when practicing at home, it's vital to include at least 3–5 minutes of final relaxation in your session. If you top it off with a few minutes of seated meditation, all the better!

There are many times when class participants need to leave a little earlier than the official end of class. I always appreciate it when they tell me this, because then I can ensure that they'll still have an opportunity for savasana, even while other people are still in motion. This means they can conclude their session with all the intended benefits.

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