Welcome back beautiful yogis!
How did you enjoy your Savasana from the Yoga Pose Tutorial #1? Were you able to relax?
If you struggled at all with Savasana in the last post, don’t fret. It is a very simple pose, yet at the same time also quite difficult. Most of us are not used to sitting still and being quiet for set periods of time. Modern society is fast paced, so we are moving and thinking all of the time. We also tend to be overstimulated and over caffeinated, which makes it harder to find calm. Most women that I work with deal with what we call a “monkey mind,” meaning they have lots of thoughts racing around in their heads that are shouting at them all day long. It is no wonder that we are exhausted by the end of the day!
Poses like Savasana are therefore essential to counterbalance the stress, noise, and pace of modern daily life.
And now, I would like to add a twist to your Savasana. Literally!
~ Yoga For Relaxation: Pose #1: Savasana with a Twist ~
Lie on your back on the floor (on your blanket or mat), with your arms outstretched to each side, palms facing down on the ground. Bring your knees into your chest and softly roll side to side for a few breaths. Take a nice deep inhale, and with your exhale, slowly lower both knees down to the right side of the body. Hold here for 10 deep breaths, in and out of your nose, eyes closed. On the 11th inhale, slowly bring your knees back into your chest, pressing the palms into the ground for support. As you exhale, slowly lower down to the left side, and hold for 10 breaths. On the 11th inhale, bring knees back to center of chest, and slowly lower down to the ground.
Once you have completed twists on both sides, sink into the earth, and allow your thoughts to float away. Take some deep breaths, and relax. Try to stay here in Savasana for 5-20 minutes, and again, set a timer if that helps you.
- Lengthens the spine
- Detoxifies the digestive system
- Stretches and massages the chest and shoulders.
Do not do twists if you are pregnant, have a severe spinal injury, or too soon after a surgery. Remember that all breathing in these poses is in and out of your nose, with your mouth closed.
Hope you enjoy! And remember to feel to pop into my free Facebook community, Blissful Warriors with any questions or thoughts about this posture!