Tempted to Skip Savasana? 10 Top Yoga Teachers Explain Why It’s the Most Important Pose
When you’re time-crunched, it can be tempting to sneak out of yoga class before this final resting pose. Here’s why you should reconsider.
After teaching yoga in New York City for more than three years, I’ve realized that it doesn’t matter how early the class starts or whether or not the class ends exactly on time, there will always be one or two people who leave before Savasana. I get it: Skipping the final 10 minutes of class to get in the shower early or head out of the studio before the rush may seem like a smart idea. However, most teachers —including myself—say that Savasana is an essential pose, and one you should never skip.
Annie Carpenter, yoga teacher and creator of SmartFLOW Yoga
“Savasana is the great balancer in terms of our nervous system: while much of asana practice is designed to up-regulate the body, stimulate, and even provide healthy stress, Savasana is the down-regulator. It shifts the away from the sympathetic nervous system to the parasympathetic side, and we experience a calming, sweet release. Over time, Savasana teaches us how—and that we can—move from anxiety and hyper-stimulation to this state of down-regulation where digestion, the immune system, and other essential systems are restored and enhanced.
“On another level, Savasana creates the opportunity to make peace with the fact of our mortality. As our breath slows and becomes more shallow, we come to be conscious (as we are ready) that there will be a last breath. Practicing Savasana is a rehearsal for that last breath, that last moment, not in a morbid way, but rather heightening our awareness of our current state of aliveness, and inviting us to live fully.”