Savasana for 20 minutes. Every day. For 1 month.
If I suggested that you put your lengthy to-do list to one side and lie down for twenty minutes right now, what would your response be?
This September marks 5 years since I embarked on my #365Savasana Project (which I wrote about at the time for OM Yoga Magazine)
when every day for 1 year I practised Savasana for 20 minutes – a slightly crazy idea which turned out to be transformative!
So this September I am going to be practising Savasana every day for 20 minutes. I’d love you to join me!
• Get comfortable using as many cushion and blankets as you need;
• Set a timer;
• Ideally cover your eyes with a soft scarf or eye pillow (as light can be an irritant);
• If your mind wanders (which is completely normal) guide your awareness to the steady rise and fall of your breath.
• Try not to judge how you are doing. Practise allowing yourself to Be.
(I think I can hear you shouting that you are too busy from here! But if you’re feeling frazzled or generally rushed off your feet it may be just what you need.)
Savasana (or Corpse Pose), lying down in a comfortable position (usually) on your back, is often described as the easiest pose to do but the most difficult to master. Lying still for twenty minutes a day may seem unimaginable. But you can start small with just a minute or two and work your way up.
A restorative Savsasna allows your body to properly rest – something we rarely experience in our day-to-day over-stimulated existence. More than a little nap, Savasana helps to shift the nervous system into the parasympathetic state (calming the ‘fight flight’ response and switching on the relaxation response)
Just some of the benefits of Savasana include:
• Promoting proper physical rest and regeneration by stimulating the ‘relaxation response’
• Improved sleep quality
• Calming a busy mind
• Lowering blood pressure
Over the course of September I’ll be sharing some tips and different Savasana variations on my Instagram account (@ucanyoga1). If you do choose to join me I would love to hear how you are finding the experience by using the #SavasanaSeptember hashtag.
Widespread research has shown that relaxation practices such as restorative yoga have numerous benefits including the ability to lower levels of the stress hormone, cortisol. Related to this, restorative yoga also facilitates mindful awareness of the body which plays a part in our resilience to stress.
In this 2-hour workshop we will practice restorative yoga poses with an emphasis on helping to relieve anxiety. If you have anxiety, restorative yoga can be particularly challenging because the mind has less to focus on than with a more active practice and, consequently, any concerns you have been suppressing may start to arise once the body begins to relax. However, this does not mean you should avoid practicing restorative poses. It is precisely during times of feeling highly stressed or anxious that these practices can be of the greatest benefit. We will use props to support the body in ways that have been shown to allow both mind and body to feel safe and grounded.
It is not that one pose or one workshop will ‘cure’ anxiety, but in this workshop we will experience restorative poses that can be used together or separately, along with focused breathing, as part of your own toolkit when you need them. (I will share tips on recreating poses for yourself at home.)
As an experienced Restorative Yoga teacher and an Advanced Relax Renew Trainer, having studied with Judith Hanson Lasater, I have found Restorative Yoga to be an effective tool for addressing my own anxiety.
Advance booking is required. Secure your place by booking via the Embody Wellness website here or call the studio directly on 020 7099 0048.
Download my NEW complimentary eBook here
Do you want to address your stress? Are you sleep deprived? Anxious? Then my new eBook is for You.
As an experienced Restorative Yoga teacher (I am an Advanced Relax and Renew Trainer having studied with Judith Hanson Lasater) and dedicated student I am excited to share my new book with you.
In ‘Rest + Renew’ I’ve put together some simple moves using Restorative Yoga that you can do in the comfort of your own home. You don’t need any previous experience of yoga to practise and reap the benefits of Restorative Yoga.
What is Restorative Yoga?
This style of yoga quiets the nervous system in a way that a regular yoga practice doesn’t quite reach.
I sometimes joke that it looks like ‘adult naptime’ as it may appear to be a lot of lying around, but in fact there is a lot happening at a deeper level as this practice calms the body’s ‘fight flight’ response and activates the parasympathetic nervous system (the part of the autonomic nervous system that is in charge of our bodies’ ‘rest and digest’ activities.
While the body is supported by various props (items you can find easily at home such as pillows, cushions or blankets), there is no need to ‘hold’ a posture, so you are able to completely let go, giving the body the opportunity to rest properly.
Among many things, Restorative Yoga is known to:
- Tame tension
- Relieve stress
- Ease anxiety
- Help insomnia
- Ease digestive issues
To read more and to start practising, get your eBook by clicking here.
I hope you enjoy your Restorative Yoga practice.