Sometimes in yoga what seems easy can actually be the most complex. Ask yourself how you get from the floor from laying down in savasana to seated poses. When asked most people will throw themselves into a ball and come up with momentum. Instead I suggest a way to add more mindfulness in yoga by exploring a different gentler option. Before I break it down here, if you’re more inclined below is the video version.
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Mindfulness in Yoga – from savasana to seated
Whilst some yoga poses can be challenging, one of the most difficult things in yoga is being mindful in our movement. In my opinion this is especially important at the end of class when we come out of savasana, or a body scan. Rather than moving quickly let’s use our yoga mindfully.
- Typically we find ourselves laying on the floor, feet hip distance apart. Engage the abdominals, drawing the naval to spine.
- Draw one leg out to the side and towards the head, ending with the knee bent and the foot on the floor.
- Repeat with the other leg. Settling for a breath with both knees bent and the feet on the floor.
- Raise one arm up and to the floor behind you. Then roll to that side using the bent arm to support the head. You could use a yoga block or folded blanket here too.
- After resting for a few breaths in this fetal position, use the top hand to push your torso away from the floor. Ensure the chin is tucked in.
- Come up to a comfortable seated position and settle for a few breaths. Balanced in body, mind, heart and breath.
If you haven’t tried this way to get from lying to seated it’s a much more mindful and comfortable to arise. It’s less jarring to our system, and keeps us calm and in that parasympathetic state that yoga induces. We all need more mindfulness in our yoga practice!
- How do you normally get from laying to standing?
- Do you practice mindfulness?
- What’s one question about yoga you want answered in a future post?