Why I used to hate savasana.
That's right I'll admit it...I used to hate savasana. I have been practicing yoga for more then 10 years and I have to say for almost all of those 10 years I suffered my way through savasana. I would seethe with jealousy as my classmates would lay blissful next to me, snoring, drifting into sleep or deep relaxation. I could never relax fully and I hated every minute of savasana.
What is savasana anyways?
Savasana or corpse pose is the last pose of a yoga class meant to integrate in all of the sweat, work and yoga you have done throughout a practice. The whole purpose and focus of savasana is relaxation, but what happens when you can't relax?
How can relaxing be hard?
I would come into savasana and spend the 3-5 minutes wondering: Am I doing this right? Is my right shoulder higher then my left? Did my neighbor just fall asleep? Who is snoring? How does the person fall asleep so quickly? What do I have to do today? Did I write that email I was supposed to? Did I turn my phone on silent- I really hope I turned my phone on silent. And on and on I would go, spinning myself into a serious state of non-relaxation, and those 3-5 short minutes would be agonizing.
I was cheating myself.
About 3 years ago my yoga practice moved from the studio into my home and I had a private teacher come to my house to teach me yoga. She would leave me to savasana at the end of the class, set a timer and tell me to stay for 10mins or more. Of course after she left I would get up a few minutes later thinking I'd gotten away with my own private joke- ha ha the joke was really on me.
Finally finding peace.
These days I am able to spend more then 10 minutes in savasana, and while I never fall asleep or find myself snoring, I have figured out how to be in savasana in peace.
How you ask? Well, these days I always use an eye pillow, and I learned from a teacher that if you place a blanket over your thighs and belly it helps you relax more. I also learned that a 3-5 minute savasana is too short for me personally to be able to drop into a relaxation state. It takes at least 10 minutes for my mind to shut off. These days I practice mostly at home so I can give myself the time to really drop in and find the peace. But on those days when I am practicing at a studio or festival I use yoga nidra (or yogic sleep) techniques to help me relax faster.
Tell me your savasana horror story.
Do you hate savasana as much as I did but are too embarrassed to admit it? Share in the comments below what you have done to make peace with savasana?