Savasana is th final pose of most yoga practitioners – whether male or female respectively. A yoga workout typically starts and finishes with the Savasana pose. According to yoga experts, it is also one of the most important poses because it is full restorative relaxation.
But is Yoga ok for Christians to do?
Or does it go against our “Godly” principles?
Savasana translated means ‘corpse pose’ in Sanskrit. Loosely explained; it is a time to fully let go of all holding; mental, physical, emotional and a time to absorb the practice; it is a time to be reborn (hence the corpse) after letting go of all past action, thoughts that no longer suit etc.
It may sound easy at first, but as you are in the pose you’ll realize the need for practice. The mind will sometimes question what its job is. Allow your mind to soften and silently observe the physical body. Hear yourself breath and as you do so, you will notice your breathing becomes slower, deeper and more controlled.
Christians have long known about the health benefits of meditation. Now, studies have proven that there are definite health benefits from being in a deep relaxed state for a long period of time and on a regular basis. Simple Relaxation and meditation is a way to reduce stress and improve upon your health.
Learning how to meditate could not be easier. As as you muddle, stumble and forge your way through your busy, hectic day, do not forget to take a few minutes for yourself, to be alone with God in silence. Bring the awareness of your smallness and His greatness back into your mind. Give your body permission to surrender to Him, while you lay still and quiet.
Yoga doesn’t have to be about another religion. But it can provide you an outlet to relax, heal, and get closer to your ever loving Father God.
Here is a simple way to relax your body and mind in a yoga-like Christian meditation:
- Lie on your back
- Kick into your heels, ankles together and spread your feet about eight to twelve inches apart
- Let the feet drop open to the sides
- Hands are placed by the hips, palms facing upward
- Close the eyes
- Release all holding; consciously relax every muscle you can find
- Become aware of your breathing
- As thoughts enter your mind; allow them to pass.
- Become the silent observer and without attachment or judgment
- Do this for 5-10 mins; do not fall asleep!
You may have even heard Dr. Oz discussing this valuable tool on Oprah. When the body is given time to relax it increases its healing abilities. Take the time each day to relax in Savasana and feel its healing benefits.
If you are feeling tired throughout your day a 10-15 minute rest in corpse pose can: restore energies, relieve stress and mild depression, relax the body, reduces headache, fatigue, insomnia and helps to lower blood pressure.
To maximize this physical renewing of the body, mind and spirit, choose one line of scripture to meditate on. Read and recite it out loud a few times before you begin the relaxation exercise, so you have it in your memory. Don’t try to remember too much .. just pick one line – or phrase from scripture.. like – “The Lord is my Sheppard, I shall not want”. Then while you are relaxing, meditate on these words, over and over again in your mind. Think on each word and allow God to fill you with revelation and healing.
In pregnancy it is not advisable to lie flat on the back. Please speak to your Doctor or Yoga teacher about alternatives for Savasana. In traditional yoga, you end your time together by saying, “Namaste,” which means: I honor the love, the light, the truth in you.” As a Christian, you just happen to have a personal relationship with the source of that love, light and truth in you.