As we continue to maneuver 2020’s year of changes, let me remind you that one of
the best asanas for stress is Savasana. While it is the hardest one to do because of
our racing minds, it is paramount to practice if we want to cultivate a balanced
nervous system. It is the consistent practice of breath work and surrender on the mat,
that makes it easier to culminate off the mat.
Research shows that even 3 minutes of stillness and intentional relaxation with breathwork
can calm the parasympathetic nervous system. Like a triathlete training for the
next triathlon, we need to train to attain this skillset. Therefore, our brain can then
access the calmness in a chaotic situation.
Here are a few tips…
(1) Make sure you are comfortable by using pillows, blankets, and/or bolsters so no
muscular tension remains in the body.
(2) Acknowledge your intention to give your body and mind this time.
(3) Bring your attention to your breath and take an audible, cleansing exhale. This
signals the nervous system that it is safe to relax and just be where you are.
(4) Start at your heels and mentally move up the body parts trying to feel them sink
heavier. Scan for insidious tension in the jaw, temples, shoulders and even the hips.
Allow yourself to let the last tension go.
(5) Be still. Let your mind notice from the crown of your head, moving downward over
the face, neck, torso, legs, to the tips of your toes, how your body continues to
release and relax with each breath. Be patient; it is training. The brief moments of
quiet are noticed over time. Stay on course and the inner peace will be easier to find.
(6) Take a mental snapshot of how each level of your being feels in this relaxed state.
Notice if you feel more rested, alert, and alive than when you started.
(7) Make an intention to take something positive with you and leave something that
does not serve the good in you, behind.
(8) Move slowly out of your Savasana pose.