Savasana is my favourite pose

Really, Savasana  is my favourite pose. Because for very little effort put forth, the benefits are almost endless for this active little nap of sorts.

The name Savasana (pronounced Shav-asana) comes from the Sanskrit words Shava meaning “corpse”, and Asana meaning “posture” or “seat”.  Savasana is perhaps the most important part of yoga practice.  Laying on the back, the arms and legs are generally spread and the eyes are closed. The complete three-part yogic breath is employed.  The whole body is relaxed onto the floor with an awareness of the breath rolling through the abdomen/lower frontal pelvic region, then the chest, followed by the hollow of the throat and back down again –  like a wave  rising and falling on the seashore with each breath.

“Acclimate” is a term many yogis use to describe why we must spend at least five minutes in Savasana at the end of every class. I would like to highlight this  “acclimatization” factor.  According to Meriam-Websters Dictionary, acclimate is defined as “to adapt to a new temperature, climate, environment, or situation”. With this ever changing world we live in, it makes sense to acclimate any chance we get to survive, to check in with our surroundings and our inner-selves.

Doing Savasana on a regular basis is to our bodies like pressing re-set on your phone, recharging the battery or simply turning the darn thing off momentarily – which we know with our digital devices, turning them off for even just 10 seconds usually solves most small problems!

So why aren’t we taking the time to complete our Savasanas, even at the end of class?

We must make the time to complete Savasana.

And there is no better time to start than right now!

For just five minutes of “acclimating” in Savasana, here is what you can achieve:

– lower blood pressure
– better sleep
– reduced PMS
– moderated body temperature
– improved breathing
– properly re-align your body, including your internal organs
– harmonize your emotions
– reduce gastric distress
– relax the lungs and heart
– strengthen the immune system

Now, who doesn’t want, not to mention – need all that?

Please visit the following link to find out how to perform Savasana:

http://www.yogajournal.com/poses/482

*My preference is the variation in my photo insert. Support yourself with as many pillows, props and blankets as you feel you need to. There is absolutely no overdoing the props in Savasana. There more at ease your are, the easier it will be to relax into the pose.

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Published by Whole Heart Whole Health Registered Kinesiology and Sport

As the founder of Whole Heart Whole Health, I am specially registered to practice Kinesiology as a regulated health professional. I am also soon to be fully certified as a York University Post-Grad Certified Professional Health Coach specializing in Therapeutic Interventions for Lifestyle, Wellness and Chronic Disease Management. This Professional Health Coaching Certificate includes comprehensive Care Planning for Chronic Disease along with Fundamental Cultural Health Safety Skills. My services are your very own lighthouse navigating you beyond the basic Gym Membership, Personal Training and Fitness Classes. My Whole Heart Whole Health policy is to ensure you are on the right path because at all times I'm the light looking out for you. My ultimate goal is for you to recover faster from surgery or injury and to feel better after a life setback such as a mental health crisis or diagnosis of a serious chronic condition. My navigating, planning and programming will ensure you get stronger, move better and move well and able toward and often beyond your very best. From helping you regain your fitness, to building upon what you already have, to connecting you to the right specialist, to working with your current specialist, to guiding you toward the most effective evidence based health and fitness related information, I am dedicated to your whole health. My services are suitable for all populations, including special populations and those with special needs. Now, how did I get here? On a more personal note, I have always been fascinated with lighthouses. No doubt, my father served in the Royal Canadian Navy for just over 8 years until he met my mother in Digby, Nova Scotia back in the 1960's. Both of my parents passed long before our standard North American lifespan, and this broke my heart so badly, I pulled myself out of a corporate lifestyle in the area of Wealth Management to study Kinesiology and Health Science. I've never looked back because I knew at the time what research was beginning to confirm even back when mom and dad's chronic illnesses began, that our current healthcare system can do better to help US find our way to optimal health. Our current system is built to guide us toward illness and death, as this is the only was we can have access to services and advice - when we are sick. This is why my policy at Whole Heart Whole Health is completely opposite of this - I am your guiding light to HEALTH and your lighthouse to guide you away from illness and death. "Il n'est rien creu si fermement que ce qu'on sçait le moins... Nothing is so firmly believed as that which we least know." Michel de Montagne

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