I love savasna! I mean, who doesn’t? To me, savasna is the dessert after the healthy meal. It is the whipped cream on the sundae, the icing on the cupcake, the cashmere in the sweater. Alright, enough already, but as you can see, I like it very much. And it is an incredibly important part of the yoga practice as well, as it provides the opportunity for the body to absorb the benefits of the prior postures. A win-win situation if I every saw one.
While I know savasna has a proper form, I often just lie there comfortably in relaxation. Well, that is not exactly true. I do keep my heels together and let my toes drift out to the side, and I do keep my arms extended next to my body with my palms facing up. Other than that, I just lie there in heaven. But how should we be breathing in savasna?
Most of the time, the teachers at my studio are silent during the savasna after the standing series, letting the class enjoy a peaceful 2 minutes of silence and well deserved rest. But in class the other day, one teacher, guided our breathing during savasna. “Breathe in for 4, out for 5,” she said. This was followed by, “In for 5, out for 6.” And so on until we were breathing in for 6 and out for 7. It was interesting because I had never really focused on my breath during savasna before. I usually spend the time feeling my body relax and enjoying the powerful surge of blood through my veins. I can almost feel my body healing at times. Usually I have a nice smile on my face.
But this time, I focused on my breath, and gradually slowed its pace to match her words. It was interesting, because I realized that sometimes during savasna, my mind must have been wandering, but while counting my breath, that did not happen. I stayed more present in the moment, almost like I was meditating. Plus the slower breath enhanced my relaxation. I liked it and decided I would try to incorporate it into my savasnas going forward.
Readers, how do you breathe during savasna?