According to Google, savasana is a practice of gradually relaxing one body part at a time, one muscle at a time, and one thought at a time. This is true, but savasana can also be so much more than that. Most Yogis will tell you that they love savasana for many reasons but the ones I hear the most are: it’s their reward for making it through a tough yoga class or it’s the only time during their day that they can be still and feel relaxed. Savasana is a time to let all the tensions, stress, and emotions of the day release.
During one of my classes last week, a student started crying during savasana. I’ve done this many times so I wasn’t surprised. She was relaxed and just simply letting the tears flow down her cheeks. After class ended, I asked her if she was ok. She was not. She mentioned she was going through something life changing and was struggling that day. But, she also said she felt better after crying and releasing some of her pain. I gave her hug and reminded her that crying is welcomed at I Heart Yoga.
The first time I cried during savasana, it changed that pose for me. I realized that not only is it simply a time to relax, but it’s also a time to heal and connect. For me, savasana’s purpose changes depending on the day. No matter what, I always enter savasana thinking about what I need in those few moments and how simply letting my body sink into the yoga mat can help me reach many different places within myself, some dark and some light.
Next time you’re enjoying your savasana, remember to Release. Breathe. Feel. This is your time to connect even deeper with yourself. Cry, laugh, smile, do what feels right for you and no matter what, make it your own.