According to Yoga Explained: A New Step-by-Step Approach to Understanding and Practicing Yoga by Mira Mehta –
“The unfamiliar actions involved in the [yoga] postures need to be assimilated into the body’s ‘memory.’ This needs time and a period of stillness. Corpse Pose (Savasana) provides such a setting. Lying down quietly, without mental or physical distractions, makes body and mind receptive to the imprints of what has been learned.”
Mira Mehta is also co-author of Yoga: The Iyengar Way.
According to Yoga Journal Mentor Maty Ezraty, “Transitions from pose to pose are often neglected in yoga classes. Students tend to rush, forgetting to take time to get in and out of postures…. It is also in the transitions, or the pauses, that we can learn the most about yoga. These pauses create times to reflect and consider the effect of each pose. This is one reason why your teachers have you pause before coming up from Savasana. Staying in touch with the calm and focus of a deep Savasana is much easier if you do not jump out of the pose. Take time to stay with that feeling of relaxation as you slowly pause on the way back to “normal” life. This is the real yoga – bringing your experience from the mat into the rest of your life.”
New research shows that resting after learning helps cement information. Read the press release…
Often new students ask why we rest in Savasana at the end of our practice. This research provides a scientific corroboration for something yogis have always known – the importance of allowing time to assimilate what we have learned through our practice.
Quotes about Savasana
“Savasana is an important aspect of the practice. Most of us live incredibly busy and hectic lives. It is wise to take at least a little time at the end of our practice to assimilate the soothing benefits we have accrued during practice.” (David Swensen)
“All too often, we shortchange Savasana, thinking perhaps we can’t afford to lie and rest; yet it creates a space for the blending of all eight limbs of yoga for the awakening of our deepest Self. ” (Bo Forbes)