How many of us go through the day without a minute for ourselves? We spend most of our days doting on the lives of others whether it be our kids, our spouse, or our bosses! To maintain balance (and sanity!) in our lives, we need to take a moment to stop, relax, and breathe. Complete this simple, yet satisfying, yoga pose to achieve the sense of calm and balance we all need in our lives.
Savasana (Relaxation Pose)
Lie on your back on the floor or on your yoga/exercise mat. Spread your feet about 8-12 inches apart and let your feet fall out to the sides. Bring your arms about 8-12 inches away from your hips with your palms facing up and the back of your hands on the ground. Let the natural configuration of your body fall into the earth. Allow your spine to take its natural curves and continue to release any tense muscles. Where you feel a bit of tension, contract the tight musculature, hold for 5 seconds and then completely release as you exhale the tension out of your body. Repeat this exercise with all the areas in your body that are tense. Keep a steady and controlled breath. Breathe all the way into your stomach and exhale all of the tension out of your body. Imagine inhaling cool, clean air and as you exhale, imagine releasing the toxins out of your body. As you lay in relaxation pose, imagine lying on a sandy beach close to the water. Allow the tide to wash over you as if it were cleansing any negative emotions or thoughts. As the tide drifts back into the ocean, it takes with it all of the negative energy and leaves with you clean and positive energy. Continue to breathe. Let your mind move inward and be thankful for all of the great things you have in your life. Breathe. Relax. Repeat as often as necessary…
We all need to find time for ourselves even if it is only 10 minutes a day! You will feel refreshed and relaxed at the completion of this pose. Whenever you “Need a Moment,” remember the benefits Savasana can bring you!
Robin Ishibashi Jones
Robin Ishibashi Jones has been a fitness trainer and strength and conditioning coach for over 10 years. A graduate of Whittier College and owner of Stonebridge HomeFit, Robin is a health and fitness enthusiast who makes training easily accessible to people of all levels.
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