07 Dec THE MOST DIFFICULT YOGA POSE
Savasana. Some of us view our final resting pose as the much-needed reward at the end of a challenging practice, while others cringe at the thought of sitting still for five minutes. As westerners, we are taught from a very early age that time is valuable, idleness is evil, there is no time for relaxing, there are things to be done, go, go, go! Many even feel a sense of guilt in taking personal time to rejuvenate—even for a few minutes!
Listed below are common complaints along with some suggestions for finding comfort in this asana.
Five Reasons People Skip Savasana vs. Why We Should Stay:
- I have somewhere to go.
Would five more minutes really matter that much when weighed with the benefits of meditation?
- I don’t feel like I get anything from it.
Meditation decreases the rate of respiration, increases blood flow, lowers the heart rate, increases exercise tolerance in heart patients, leads to a deeper level of relaxation, lowers high blood pressure, reduces anxiety by lowering blood lactate levels, decreases muscle tension and headaches, reduces pain, builds self-confidence, increases serotonin production (improving mood and behavior while reducing depression, obesity, insomnia), reduces Pre-menstrual Syndrome, aids in post-operative healing, boosts the immune system, increases activity of cells that kill bacteria and cancer cells, reduces activity of viruses and emotional distress.
Need I say more?
- I’m bored.
If your instructor isn’t providing inspiration or you just can’t seem to get into the right mindset, concentrate on your breathing. Try counting the length of your inhales and exhales, trying to increase the number as you go. Then come back to the starting number the same way.Learn a mantra and repeat it over and over in your mind—they are thought to have healing properties!
Set an intention for your day (or your life), or send positive energy to someone you care about.
Focus on an object or color.
- I like to get into the locker room before everyone else.
Now that’s not very yogic—we can share the space! Besides, you might actually carry on a conversation with someone and build a new friendship!
- I’m uncomfortable with meditation and relaxation in general.
If you are a “Type A” personality, someone who feels they should be incessantly completing a task, you probably need reminder of what it feels like to just BE in the present moment. Why do we shy away from what we need most? For example, I hear people say, “I don’t like to do those balancing poses because I don’t have any balance,” or “I can’t do a push up because I don’t have enough arm strength.” THE COMPLAINTS ARE THE CURE! If you practice balancing poses you will have better balance and if you practice push ups you will build arm strength. If you practice calming the ripples and waves of your mind for even five minutes a day, you may experience some great benefits. Just listen to your breath, feel every sensation in your body and remember how good it is to feel vibrant and alive. Life is great! Sometimes we need to listen to the quiet and experience the stillness to remind ourselves.
“Benefits of Meditation.” Health and Yoga. 2006. Web. 2 Nov 2009.
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