You've probably seen the t-shirts and Instagram posts 'I'm just here for Savasana' and it's fair to say, at busy and stressful times we're often keen to get to those magical 5 mins at the end of class, which often ends too soon. Join Natalie for a chance to delve deeper into the magic and discover just what it is about this part of class that leaves us so refreshed. Come along to practice savasana in 3 different positions, experiencing the different effects on body and mind, before taking a long, luxurious rest in your favourite pose.
Curious? Read on!
What is Savasana?
Savasana, also known as corpse pose, is usually practiced at the end of class, where for anywhere from 5-15 minutes, you lie completely still, usually on your back, and with the only focus or intention being to remain awake. When practised following an asana class, it is a chance for the effects of the practice to be absorbed more deeply by the body.
Depending on duration, Savasana is an opportunity for the body's nervous system to move from the sympathetic (the 'doing' side) to the parasympathetic (the rest & restore side). This can have profound effects on body and mind.
What can I expect from the workshop?
The workshop will aim to give you both a deeply restful and relaxing Saturday afternoon as well as setting you up with the tools to continue a savasana practice at home, should you so wish.
We'll begin with some gentle movement to release aches and stiffness to prepare the body for pro-longed stillness. We'll then undertake some breathing techniques to focus the mind, before moving into shorter practices of 3 variations of savasana. Practicing the pose with the body in different positions can have profound effects on the experience for the individual so the workshop aims to give you a snapshot of each.
We'll then take an extended savasana in your favourite variation.
What is a regular savasana practice?
As with most daily or regular practices, this can fit to the individual. Whilst the ideal would be spending 20 minutes a day in the pose, if that sounds impossible to fit into a busy life, start small. 5 minutes each day, or 10 minutes 2 or 3 times a week is a great place to start. It's also beneficial to experiment with practising at different times of the day. Taking savasana in the morning can be a great way of reducing stressful reactions to events during the day, where as taking savasana when you get home from work can be a great way of 'resetting ' before starting your evening.
What are the benefits?
Stress Reduction - Practising savasana reduces stress both in the immediate moment, and in the longer term if the practise is regular. This in turn has a great positive knock on effect for the body in the reduction of stress-related or aggravated conditions.
Clarity of Mind - Reducing stress and body moving the body out of fight or flight can give a greater sense of 'headspace'.
Improved Concentration - A calmer body and clearer mind helps still our monkey-minds and find greater focus on single tasks.
Better Sleep - A regular practice can lead to better quality of sleep and falling asleep more quickly.
Body Connection - Time spent in savasana cultivates a greater awareness of, and connection with your body, and where and when you feel stress.
Do I need to have done lots of yoga to attend?
NOT AT ALL!! This class is open to anyone, even if you’ve never stepped on a yoga mat before.
About the Teacher
Natalie on her own savasana practice:
"I found yoga as a hectic central London restaurant manager. Days were intense, hours long, and relaxation usually involved a drink at the end of a shift or days off spent in bed.
Yoga gave me calm and space and then in years that followed, the philosophy of a yogic approach to living really helped to deal with some challenging times.
Attracted initially to a dynamic yoga practice, its been in the moments of slowing down where I’ve found the greatest transformations. Without a doubt, the most-life changing regular practice I’ve engaged in has been a savasana practice, allowing my body to switch from an always-on, fight-or-flight state to one of deeper/more pronounced calm, where I notice myself reacting far less to the minor irritations and stressors, and being able to tackle bigger challenges with a greater sense of clarity. I believe that a regular savasana practice could be hugely beneficial to Londoners living busy lives, so I'm very excited to be teaching this workshop in London for the first time at East of Eden, my Yoga home."
Click here to book via the main East of Eden site.