Savasana: a foundation for our Yoga Practice

I need yoga in my life, it’s a fundamental necessity for my wellbeing. It serves me physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. I know you have heard me say this many times before but it’s true, yoga supports me to be a human being on all levels, my holistic whole self, all that I am, all that I am to be.

Through blog writings and poetry I often write about fears and some of the unhelpful thoughts I have that do not support me in any shape or form whatsoever. I like to see the bright side of things look for the positivity, when I am in a dark place I always look for the lessons, but sometimes my mind just takes a hold of me and runs away with itself dragging me a long in the process. My mind works fast and I can read something and see about 3 or 4 different sides to the story in an instant. At times it’s a real blessing in disguise when I have been working on an investigation, some kind of analysis but when it really gets a grip of me it can be quite troublesome and exhausting. It’s the time when I am most likely to experience anxiety or a panic attack. Over the years it has taken a lot of work and practice to settle my mind

There have been a few things that have helped me to settle the mind over the years for example engaging in any kind of creative pursuit such as writing, jewellery making, gardening but highest on my list is Yoga. Yoga is my saving grace, the moment I slip into Savasana my mind settles and I return to a natural state of wellbeing, calm relaxed and at peace. After 12 years of practice Savasana, is like slipping into a mould, the space that tells me it’s time to relax, it’s time to switch off and my mind responds. It is not often that is does not respond.

When my mind is relaxed and at peace I can obtain the clarity and peace that I need to move forwards instead of the chaotic noise of fear and negativity that confuses me so much. Over the years I have learnt to accept that this is part of me, it’s the part of me that needs to be loved. Through Yoga practice I have learnt the tools to help my mind feel better, soothe and nurture it

Savasana is said to be one of the hardest postures to master. We are not used to relaxing in this way. In today’s society where we rarely switch off and even when we are at home watching TV or listening to a podcast we are not really relaxing in its truest sense because we still have input coming in from an external source. Savasana cools the mind and body down and as we scan from the tips of the toes to the top of the head it’s a real opportunity to observe our own awareness of our bodies, our own sense of being and note how we are feeling, where is the tension? Where is the fatigue? In Savasana we learn and allow ourselves to experience a deeper relaxation, we train our minds not to judge, not to be distracted. It really is the foundation of our practice and from here we can heal ourselves with breath, movement and intention setting.

All my love

Andrea