We’ve allll been there. You’ve been flowing through a 60 minute yoga class, and then that final, and often most challenging, pose arrives – Savasana. It’s one of the most important part of our practice – check out this previous blog post on why! But sometimes we get there and our mind can’t help but drift – soon we’re planning what we’re going to make for dinner, deciding what time we have to get up in the morning, and planning important conversations that need to be had. We might struggle to keep our eyes closed and have an itch to check our watch. It’s normal for the mind to wander – we’re human! The art is noticing, and coming back to the breath.
Here are 3 tips for keeping your mind present in Savasana.
Our mind will take any excuse to wander – so don’t give it this one. Make sure you’re comfortable in your position, and take any movements or make any adjustments you need to get you there, maybe adding a blanket under the head or bolster under thighs. Release any tension you might be holding on to. If you tend to get cold, layer up or grab a blanket – cosy socks are always good here!
Use a mantra
Having a word or phrase to come back to can help to keep us rooted in the present moment. Simply repeat any word or phrase that feels grounding to you in your mind. It could be Om, or Let Go, or I am Supported – anything that your mind can anchor to.
Count the breath
If mantra isn’t your thing, you can try counting the breath instead. Inhale 1, exhale 2, inhale 3, exhale 4…continue to 10, then start again. If you lose your place, no worries. Just come back and start again 🙂