Why Practice Savasana? Deep Healing for Body and Mind
A Whole Life Yoga student asks: “What’s the point of Savasana (Corpse Pose)? I have a hard time relaxing when my mind is supposed to be completely blank.”
This is a great question, and I’m not surprised you feel confused. In truth, no one can make their mind completely blank, at least no one I’ve met. Savasana is, in many ways, a meditation practice. While it’s true that there can be moments of mental quiet during meditation, those moments are the gifts of meditation, not the practice.
And they are fleeting gifts at that.
Reconnecting with Prana
But let’s set the mind to the side for a moment. Corpse Pose is at least partially for your body. A good yoga practice mobilizes healing energy called prana, which is very similar to chi in Chinese medicine. Corpse Pose gives your system a chance to integrate that energy and send it wherever it is needed the most. Prana flows with the breath, but it is directed by the mind. Feel achy in your lower back after practice? Imagine warmth coating the area like a soft blanket. Feel tension? Imagine your muscles melting into the mat. The sensation you feel is the movement of prana.
Prana is a powerful source of healing, not to be wasted. Savasana allows you to harness that energy without the distractions of movement.
Focusing the Mind
The mind is designed to be active. Some say the mind is like a monkey, swinging from thought to thought like a monkey swings from branch to branch. Rather than asking the mind to do something impossible, give it a new job. Ask it to focus on something: the coolness of the breath in your nostrils, the delicious post-yoga sensations in your muscles, even the rhythmic snoring of the person next to you.
Whenever your mind wanders (and it will!) invite it back. You may find moments of quiet nothingness. Then again, you may not. In the end, it doesn’t matter. As soon as you notice them, they’re gone anyway. Your body, energy system, and mind will benefit regardless.
More on Savasana? Another wonderful article from special contributor and YogaUOnline editor, Charlotte Bell – What Your Savasana Can Tell You?
Who wouldn’t want to study Savasana with YogaUOnline and Judith Hanson Lasater? Savasana: The Art of Doing Nothing.
Reprinted with permission from Whole Life Yoga.
Tracy Weber, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT is the owner of Whole Life Yoga in Seattle as well as the creator and director of Whole Life Yoga’s teacher training program. A practicing yoga therapist, she is also the author of the Downward Dog Mystery series, which won the Maxwell award for fiction. She loves sharing her passion for yoga and animals in any way possible.
Tracy and her husband Marc live in Seattle with their crazy new German shepherd pup, Ana. When she’s not writing, Tracy spends her time teaching yoga, trying to corral Ana, and sipping Blackthorn cider at her favorite ale house.
For more information on Tracy and the Downward Dog Mysteries, visit her author website: http://TracyWeberAuthor.com/.