The most wonderful thing about a home yoga practice is that you can arrive exactly as you are, and choose practices that support and nourish your body and mind with exactly what it needs.
Holidays are such a busy, bustling time filled with family, friends and a lot of joy. And it can also be a rather chaotic time leaving you feeling frazzled and overwhelmed. So to make sure you really feel all the peace and joy of the holidays, don’t forget to offer yourself a little gift of self-care time. Yoga can help!
There's one easy yoga pose that is all you need to find your calm, to feel rested and rejuvenated. And that’s savasana (pronounced sha-VA-sa-na). Savasana can soothe your nerves and calm your mind, create a renewed sense of balance and clarity, and help you find a deep sense of peace. Try savasana any time you need to step away from the busy-ness of your day for a little break, any time you need help to feel more calm and grounded.
Savasana is a meditative yoga pose, with the whole body relaxed into stillness on the floor as you focus on the movement of your natural breath, the flow of oxygen in and out of your body. This pose allows you to fully release and let go while remaining alert and open. This is not about napping! It’s about letting go. And about stillness. Stillness is the essence of the pose. So dress warmly, put on some cozy socks and turn your savasana into a delightful, sensorial experience…here’s how:
As you lie on the floor in your cushy savasana, in your cozy protective cocoon, feel the earth supporting you. Breath naturally and quietly. Stay alert and present by focusing on your breath as it flows in and out. You may wish to scan your awareness from your toes to the top of your head, consciously releasing any tension from every part of your body. In particular, soften your jaw, release your shoulder blades away from your ears.
Move your attention to your senses, one after another, noticing the scent of your essential oil, the vibration of the music, the touch of your props and shawls. Notice how this makes you feel, any emotions that come up.
Notice what happens in your body as you sink into stillness. Notice your mind. If it wanders towards thinking, just gently let the thoughts go and come back to focus on your breath.
Surrender yourself completely to the practice.
Just be here.
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