Yoga Practice

My Love Affair with the Most Important Yoga Pose

So, you’ve probably heard this quite a few times. The most important yoga pose, what is it? The lying, dead-person-looking, extremely relaxing deliciousness of a pose. Yes, it’s Savasana! Does this sound a bit like it’s my favourite pose of all? A bit like my eyes were opened to that fact recently?

Yes, that is exactly what happened. This is a typical, “You don’t know what you have till it’s gone,” situation. A bit dramatic, “Only know you love her when you let her go,” instance. A, “My life would suck without you,” moment.

This morning, in a super difficult vinyasa class – at least at my level, with all the fun of arm balances – (more precisely, in the last pose before Savasana) the fire alarm went off! Evacuate the building please!

Luckily, there was no fire at all, and everybody was allowed to go back inside. And I tried (I desperately tried) to go and lie in Savasana, enjoy the beautiful pose with a smile on my face as usual after a kick-ass class. But no, nope, not gonna happen. With all my zen, peace of mind, whatever, completely gone – I went to shower. And without being able to cool down in Savasana I felt extremely warm even after a cold shower, my body didn’t get its closure.

And I realized, even though the fire alarm didn’t at all get on my nerves, as I try to stop that from happening as much as possible, it stole away from me the most important pose. And after class, I didn’t feel as energizes as usual. I couldn’t relax and recharge after the difficult – and super fun – class, I had just finished.

Admittedly, I had been dreaming about Savasana that whole class. When you’re working hard and enjoying the amazing things you’re suddenly able to do, your mind would very much like to just chill, too. I will admit that this love affair didn’t just start this morning, though in the difficult or hot classes this lovely pose is more appreciated.

My advice to you is this: Don’t skip Savasana – you’re missing out on a lot! Enjoy and relax, feel your muscles recharging, try to clear your mind (or dream about tonight’s dessert, bad yogi style) and just smile; you did an amazing job! 😀

What do you think about Savasana? Have you had trouble with lying completely still or have you been the person running out of class before the relaxation begins? Or are you a Savasana-loving yogi? 🙂

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7 Comments

  1. Amanda

    Amanda

    March 24, 2016 at 11:07 am

    When I first started getting serious about yoga, I was going to a class at 6:00am….and knowing I would soon get to rest in savasana is what kept me going!

    1. Pála Margrét

      Pála Margrét

      May 18, 2016 at 4:40 pm

      So true! I would lie if I would say that I do not sneak a little nap in Savasana even before class, as I usually show up pretty early – and that gives me the power to start the day full on 🙂

  2. Megan Reddix

    Megan Reddix

    March 24, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    You’re so right! I actually never really thought about this. I’ve never been in the position where savasana wasn’t “thing”. But thinking about it now…if I ever have to leave my vinyasa classes without savasana, I might end the night pretty tearfully. I love being super active and bouncing around from one foot to another and onto my hands. Vinyasa is my happy place, but savasana…Savasana seals the deal. It gives me a time to relax and meditate on all I’ve just accomplished. Especially yesterday when we were moved to a new, hotter room because the class was so big! I was moving and doing and sweating. Once we were led into savasana, I cooled down. I could think clearly about how awesome that hot vinyasa class was and I could reflect on how pleasantly surprised I was by what my body could do. Savasana IS the best. You’re so totally right!

    1. Pála Margrét

      Pála Margrét

      May 18, 2016 at 4:43 pm

      Nothing compares to Savasana in the end of a crazy hot Vinyasa class – already sweated through everything and catching your breath on the mat. Without Savasana, I´m not sure if I would like yoga 😉

  3. Alyssa Ammirato

    Alyssa Ammirato

    March 25, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    Just this morning, I made my usual announcement during inversion playtime that if you have to leave before Savasana, now is the time—I say that so the Sava-skippers don’t start noisily packing up while others are enjoying their few moments of quiet. And it led to a chat with those who remained about how it just doesn’t make any sense that after all that hard work (I teach hot vinyasa flow in an athletic studio) for 72 minutes you can’t possibly stay for another 2-3 minutes to just relax and enjoy! Savasana is the reward, the icing on the cake! I can’t imagine skipping out on it. It’s the very best part of practice! Great post 🙂

    1. Pála Margrét

      Pála Margrét

      May 18, 2016 at 4:47 pm

      Yes, I have never understood the people that skip Savasana and I´m actually not sure I would make it an option to skip them. However, there are different ways, as in Vinyasa many teachers lead the Savasana and then you get back up to a seated position, meanwhile other teachers end their class with Savasana leaving the students to do what they want with it and stay as long as they want. I like both versions, as I love Savasana, and in Vinyasa classes I often go back to Savasana after the class has ended.

      I totally agree with you that Savasana is the reward – when I make it to Savasana after a difficult class I sometimes need to stop my self from laughing – happiness overflow! It is the offical pose saying: “You are amazing – you made it all the way to me” 😀

    2. Pála Margrét

      Pála Margrét

      May 20, 2016 at 4:14 am

      And Alyssa – science proofs why we love Savasana!

      “Nobel Prize-winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman and his colleagues have shown that what we remember about the pleasurable quality of our past experiences is almost entirely determined by two things: how the experiences felt when they were at their peak (best or worst), and how they felt when they ended. This “peak-end” rule of Kahneman’s is what we use to summarize the experience, and then we rely on that summary later to remind ourselves of how the experience felt.” (From Eric Barker´s blog: http://goo.gl/EQQdgo)

      I truly agree – today I remember doing a handstand and then Savasana at the end 😉

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