A healthy balance between mind, body, and spirit are essential for moving forward and embracing new beginnings. And this is why I love Yoga; we can nurture all three aspects of our being in one beautiful practice. Yoga is a science, a philosophy, an art. Yoga teaches us how to co-exist with all other life within the world. It is a lifestyle. It is a practice. It is a way of being.
The word “yoga” comes from the Sanskrit root yuj, which means “to join” or “to yoke.” Through this ancient philosophy, we can make our bodies strong and flexible, improve the functioning of our internal systems (respiratory, circulatory, digestive, and hormonal), and develop emotional stability and a more peaceful state of mind.
Sounds great right?
It totally is!
Through asana (postures / poses) and the breath, we can immediately begin experiencing the wonderful benefits of this ancient science. You don’t have to be able to put your foot behind your head or stand on your head or go to a fancy studio and wear expensive gear to experience yoga. All you need is a quiet space, a blanket or a mat, and your breath. It is that simple… and yet so, so powerful.
So I created this blog series, Yoga For Relaxation, to share yoga postures that I know will help you relax and recharge. The cool thing about this series is that you can do the whole sequence, a combination, or just do one of these postures for an extended amount of time. It is a totally flexible sequence, do one or do them all, totally up to you. Remember that flexibility is key to managing stress and change, so feel free to adapt this series to your needs.
~ Yoga For Relaxation: Pose #1: Savasana ~
Through this pose, you will learn how to calm your mind, relax your body, and focus on your breath.
Instructions: Lie on your back on the floor (on your blanket or mat). Your arms are about 5 inches away from your body with your palms facing up to the sky, your legs are about hip-width apart. Your body is relaxed, and your eyes are closed. Bring your awareness to your breath; close your mouth and focus on deep breaths in and out of your nose, allowing the body to sink into the earth. Allow your thoughts to float away as you relax and breathe, enjoying the quiet stillness, allowing your body and your mind to rest. Savasana can last as long as you would like – I would recommend setting a timer for anywhere between 5-20 minutes.
When ready to exit the pose, keep your eyes closed as you gently roll your head side to side and move your fingers and toes. Bring your arms up over your head and take a stretch, reaching through your fingers and toes. Bring your arms back down and grab your legs as you bring them into your chest. Roll gently side to side, before rolling over to your right side, and when you are ready, gently push yourself into a seated position. Take a few deep breaths, open your eyes, and smile.
- Reduces depression
- Calms the nervous system
- Alleviates stress
- Reduces headache and fatigue
Go ahead and give it a try! And feel to pop into my free Facebook community, Blissful Warriors with any questions or thoughts about this posture!