When you’re time-crunched, it can be tempting to sneak out of yoga class before this final resting pose. Here’s why you should reconsider.
Thinking about why we doing Savasana (Corpse Pose) at the end of yoga class? Top yoga teachers explain the benefits of Savasana, and why it’s important.
Everyone should realize that it doesn’t matter how early the class starts or whether or not the class ends exactly on time, savasana is the most important post for your whole class. there will always be one or two people who leave before Savasana. I get it: Skipping the final 10 minutes of class to get in the shower early or head out of the studio before the rush may seem like a smart idea. However, most teachers say that Savasana is an essential post, and one you should never skip.
Here, let our yoga teacher talks about the incredible benefits of Savasana. Will they tempt you to stay?
Alisa Steven, yoga teacher
“Savasana does well with our nervous system: while much of asana practice is designed to up-regulate the body, stimulate, and even provide healthy stress, Savasana is the down-regulator. It shifts away from the sympathetic nervous system to the parasympathetic side, and we experience a calming, sweet release. Over time, Savasana teaches us how to move from anxiety. and hyper-stimulation to this state of down-regulation where digestion, the immune system, and other essential systems are restored and enhanced.
“On another level, Savasana creates the opportunity to make peace with the fact of our mortality. As our breathing slows and becomes more shallow, we come to be conscious (as we are ready) that there will be the last breath. Practicing Savasana is a rehearsal for that last breath, that last moment, not in a morbid way, but rather heightening our awareness of our current state of aliveness, and inviting us to live fully.”