A Guide to Final Relaxation in Yoga

Final Relaxation in Yoga

Andrea Bobby

Andrea is a teacher and lifelong practitioner of Yoga. Born in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India, she now resides in Ontario, Canada and offers online classes in classical Hatha Yoga. As the founder of Body Mind Light and the creator of its Online Shop, she strives to propagate the authentic, original wisdom of Yoga to the world. Read more...

16 Responses

  1. Marlaine says:

    Very interesting… I’ve never heard of this before, as I haven’t yet tried to get into yoga.
    But as a busy Mom of two, I’m always interested in learning ways to feel refreshed and relaxed – my sleep is often interrupted. You wrote “It is said that just a few minutes of deep and complete relaxation is more restful and healing than a full night’s sleep”… do you think this is true?

    • Andrea Bobby says:

      Absolutely. Stress indeed exists very potently at a subconscious level. It may be surprising to know that people who carry tension in the body, mind or spirit can still get a full eight hours of sleep without relaxing at all. So it’s very important to pay attention to all realms of the being, not just physical.

  2. Lindsey says:

    I have done Yoga before and skipped over this part at the end of the session because I thought it was unnecessary. I did not understand the importance of this. I guess I only appreciated the physical aspect of Yoga but neglected the spiritual and mental aspects. I definitely will not skip this part of my next Yoga workout and appreciate it. Thanks for this article!

  3. Brittanie says:

    I always used to skip Savasana because I always thought it was just a waste of time. I found though, that my practice never felt quite complete and I would feel “off” for the rest of the day. This is back when i practiced yoga at home, but when I finally went to a class and was almost forced to complete the savasana, I was so relaxed and could actually concentrate on relaxing my mind and muscles after such an intense workout.

    This article is great, I think it is so important to emphasize capping off your practice and understanding why you decided to do yoga that day. It helps you relax, and feel your body and mind connect.

    Thank you!

  4. DARCY says:

    This was very helpful article to read. I am just getting back into doing Yoga, and I did not focus much on the final relaxation process. Now I have a whole new set of information to take into account!
    Thanks for this. Keep up the great work.

  5. Tim Ryan says:

    Thank you for a great write up on Savasana. I practice karate, and each session we perform Makso where we do a brief meditation. I believe some of the points you illustrate here could be applied to my training. We all need to take the time to meditate!

    I look forward to reading more of your articles.

  6. Dan says:

    This could be very useful in reducing stress! I can totally see how this could prolong one’s life, it just makes sense to me. I like your detailed instructions on this pose and i’ll have to give it a try

  7. Elektra says:

    I love Savasana! It is my favorite pose. I always wait for this great relaxation time after yoga exercising and stretching. I noticed that the more intensively I practice the more I enjoy the Savasana at the end. It’s like the tired muscles can finally relax and my whole body can melt away the stress and relax fully.

  8. Grace says:

    Thanks for putting this together Andrea! I want to incorporate more practices like this in my day. How much time do you recommend putting aside to get the benefits of this practice?

    • Andrea Bobby says:

      It’s all about quality, not quantity. Five minutes of dedicated deep relaxation is more effective than an hour of distracted attempts!

      Start out small and eventually you’ll find that instead of timing your practice, you’ll naturally and subconsciously engage in it for just as long as your body and mind needs.

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