What makes a good Savasana?

Saturday, 11 April 2020 13:29
Traditionally at the end of term I write a blog on Savasana. Although our sense of time feels a little lost due to the lockdown, it could be an opportunity to explore this impression of timelessness. 
When you’ve experienced a ‘good’ Savasana there may be a sense of timelessness and you may come out of it and say 'wow was that 10 minutes?' There is a thin edge between acute awareness and absolute surrender. You arrive out of your Savasana rested, energised and serene.

Ah, but not always :( Sometimes you are distracted by the thoughts of events appearing to drive and direct your life. Thoughts come in and appear unstoppable. You are uncomfortable, plagued by a scratching in your throat or an irresistible itch, the crookedness of your body or a distraction in your surroundings. But the experience is yours and yours alone, your Savasana will be different to others. As Yoga is not to be intellectualised, it is solely through practice and experience that you can begin to understand the process.

As many of you are aware, our classes have now been transferred to online streamed yoga classes. This may feel unusual to be practicing at home while still listening to the instructions for the practice of that day. But how much do your surroundings effect your practice?
Savasana as it looks now
Finding a place that is free from distractions is the first step. You also need to make sure you will be warm and comfortable. So having enough blankets and warm clothes is essential. Being comfortable also means being secure in your surroundings, meaning is your dog going to run by and jump on you or are your cohabitants going to come by and start making dinner? Up top is a beautiful image of the sun streaming in to Georgie's yoga space as we see it during our live online yoga classes:) It looks like a lovely space to practice yoga and savasana.
Setting up for savasana, take the time when lying down to check for symmetry. I have written earlier blogs on the ‘how to’ of body placement.  http://www.yoga-path.com.au/blog/item/119-pose-of-the-week-savasana-ii
Briefly, place the entire body on the floor with precision so the two sides of the body lie evenly to each side of the spine. Geeta Iyengar says: “Attention to detail and precision in the body position lead to mastery of the art of relaxation. Very often the body tilts to one side and this side tilt is experienced on the stronger side of the body. Once the practitioner knows which is the dominant side of the body… then the tilt can be obviated. Recuperation is quick when the right and left halves of the body are evenly held in equilibrium and the energy is locked with the body.”

After the attention to the body comes the attention to the breath. The control of the breath is vital for a good Savasana. The inhalation should be a conscious one, but not necessarily deep. The exhalation, however, should be deeper and longer than the inhale. In the exhalation there is a surrender, a real letting go. This letting go is one of the Self, the ego. Then there is loss of the ‘I’. In the exhalation (the Rechaka) the sympathetic nervous system is quietened. You go within. The brain is stilled and you feel suspended, empty yet satisfied, serene and balanced. There is emotional stability and humility abounds.

Savasana is alert surrender of the ego. One discovers oneself in forgetting oneself.” (Geeta Iyengar)
See you on the mat :)

Nicole Schroeter
Certified Iyengar Teacher

Yoga Path
An Iyengar Yoga School
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