Learning how to relieve stress quickly seems the name of the game these days. Life is fast and we need quick short fixes to help rejuvenate and release stress fast so that we get back to our never ending to do list!
And why are we all so stressed in the first place? Life has become fast paced with never enough hours in the day. You are used to being on the go non stop, for years. Often forgetting the NEED to slow down and take care of yourself along the way.
You will notice this especially when you try to slow down and relax, yet you just can’t. Your mind continues to race a hundred miles per minute and you get more frustrated than ever.
And have you ever tried meditation and yoga, and end up giving up? Because you find it too slow or frustrating, because you just can’t seem to relax?
I get it. I was there too. Because we are so used to the go go go, we find it difficult to relax even though we desperately want to.
And it’s interesting because many of us have been experiencing some sort of isolation and lock down at the moment. We are being forced in many ways to re-asses and slow down. So it’s a perfect way to take stock and start learning some simple ways you can learn to effectively relax.
When I say effectively relax, I mean not sitting in front of the television or on our phones. Although this maybe different to our working life, it’s actually not a form of relaxation. And this type of activity does not create a relaxed effect on the body! Which is exactly what we need to heal!
That’s why we need tools to help us relieve stress quickly so that we can easily relax. And Savasana (corpse pose) is one of those poses in yoga you can use to just do that.
You can use it as a stand alone meditation experience, or as part of your yoga class. But be sure not to skip it. It’s easy to do because we have so much to do.
Yet this is considered the most important pose of yoga and the hardest!
What I hear you cry….lying down on my back resting? What about all that sweating and twisting I just endured for the last hour?
Savasana is so important and needs your attention. A practice that you will soon come to love when you give it the time it needs. Which ultimately means you give yourself the time YOU need!
What is Savasana?
The word Savasana means Corpse Pose. Sava means corpse and asana is pose.
Savasana is the pose of total relaxation. It is done lying on the back as if you are ready for sleep.
But Savasana requires conscious awareness whilst allowing the body to become neutral and relaxed. It’s not a pose for sleeping.
In Savasana you become consciously aware of yourself lying on the floor. Aware of your body, sensations in the body and how you feel in the present moment.
This pose teaches you to surrender to the present moment. Teaching you to let go, create a neutral space and find your true self.
Be sure not to skip this important pose in your yoga practice. Include it at the end of your yoga class, whether your doing it at home or in a studio. It consolidatees all of the work you have done in your yoga practice, helping the body to re-organise and heal.
Savasana can also be done as a stand alone relaxation/meditation experience. Using it anytime to help you relax and let go of stres. More on that below.
Here are some of the benefits of Savasana:
- Creates deep relaxation, helping the body to let go.
- Develops body awareness and brings you into the present moment.
- Calms the central nervous system, improving digestion and immune function.
- Calms the mind and reduces stress.
- Helps to reduce mild depression and anxiety.
- Improves headaches and helps to relieve tension.
- Helps to lower blood pressure and fatigue.
- Assists with insomnia and regulating sleep patterns.
- Relaxes and aids the body in the healing process.
- Cultivates new habits of relaxing the body and mind.
- Creates a deeper spiritual connection to who you really are.
How to get started:
- Lie flat on your back.
- Arms are by your sides approximately 15 cm away from the body, palms facing upwards.
- The back of head is on the mat. Ensure the head is not tilted to one side. It’s in a central position. If needed use a blanket or pillow underneath the head for extra comfort.
- Legs are out straight. Feet apart and slightly flopped out to the sides. Move them into a comfortable position.
- If needed use a bolster/cushion underneath the small of the lower back. It’s really important to be comfortable in this position so that you can relax. So make any adjustments where needed so that you can lie in the correct position.
- The head and spine are in a straight line.
- Relax the whole body and stop all physcial movement once you are in this position.
- Follow the sequence below to create a meditative experience in Savasana.
How to relieve stress quickly…
- Come lying down in Savasana.
- Take a few long deep breaths in and out of the body.
- Next allow the breath to settle and become aware of your body.
- Notice your body lying on the floor in this pose. Notice the meeting points between the body and the floor. Any sensations you maybe feeling. Observe your body.
- Next scan for any tension you maybe feeling. Become aware of the tension then let it go. Setting an intention for your body to relax. We often tense our muscles without conscious awareness. Take this time to scan your body from head to toe and notice any tension. Then with intention let it go.
- Next become the observer of your breath. Watch the flow of breath moving in and out of the body. Notice how it moves through you chest and nose. Just observe. When the mind wanders simply bring it back to the breath and present moment once more. Do this without judgment. Over time this process will become easier and easier. Keep bringing the mind back to the breath.
- Continue for 1 minute or for as long as you like.
- Savasana offers deep conscious relaxation. If you find yourself falling asleep, remind your body that Savasana is for deep conscious relaxation, not for sleep. Over time you will find it easier to stay consciously aware in Savasana whilst being deeply relaxed, without falling asleep.
Now it’s over to you…
If you wanted to know how to relieve stress quickly, then give Savasana a try. Use it during your yoga practice, in between postures, after your yoga session or as a stand alone meditation.
At first you may find it hard to settle in this pose and feel relaxed. If you have done yoga before hand, this will be a lot easier. But keep practicing Savasana. Over time your mind will easily settle. You will find your body relaxing and you will soon fall in love with this beautiful pose. Creating a loving and deeper connection to yourself.
Try it and let me know how you go. Comment below!