Join us for our weekly Sunshine Lecture (FREE)!! This week we will discuss Relaxation!!
Asanas are almost always followed with some sort of relaxation period, serving as a cool-down to a stretch-and-burn experience. On a larger level, systematic relaxation brings many other benefits. For example, in shavasana the effect of gravity on the muscles is neutralized because the body is completely supported by the floor. This relieves muscle fatigue, allowing you to relax more deeply. Sensory stimulation and external distractions are minimized to help the body completely relax, and the mind can start to explore the body from the inside increasing body awareness, which has been linked to decreased symptoms of anxiety and depression. Expanding upon the mental benefits, relaxation provides an opportunity to explore the fifth limb of yoga: pratyahara (withdrawing from the senses). However, the practice of pratyahara is very complex, a contributing reason to why Savasana is considered one of the hardest poses to master.