I’m just here for Savasana… “Do Nothing Pose”
I have attended over 1000 yoga practices, led about 500 classes to adults and over 100 classes to children. The one thing that everyone has in common is that they can benefit greatly from a regular Savasana. Some days are easier to stay still, and some days our muscles and the the monkey mind still fidgets.
I have taught Savasana to kids as young as 3 years old. When I lead the kids Savasana during our first session it can sometimes be a bit of an adventure because by nature kids are silly, fidgety and curious. Kids love yoga tag, partner poses and making animal sounds with their breath but like adults, kids like their Savasana at the end. By the second session when I walk into to teach yoga the kids are asking me when they get to do their “do nothing pose”.
Life is busy, even for kids. School every day, activities after school, birthday parties… I remind them that humans are actual the only mammals that actually don’t have long periods of doing nothing. It is really important to all the systems of our body, so we practice relearning how to do nothing.
Ending their practice with Savasana really allows them a chance to be still in their bodies and quiet in their busy minds. When I guide their Savasana pose I tell them to close their eyes and visualize their bellies are blowing up like balloons. Sometimes those kids can make their bellies pretty big .
One of my favourite Savasana stories is about a little boy who was always fidgety, not just at yoga but also in the classroom. Hmmm- I smiled to myself “I know a lot of adults to who are fidgety both in and out for the hot room!” He was lying there at the end of class fidgeting and I decided to take off my sweater and make it into a ball and I placed it on his belly and told him to focus his breath on my sweater moving up and down on his belly. Almost instantly he stopped fidgeting and I could see a faint smile on his face as his body relaxed.
Just like the classes we lead at Moksha, I encourage the kids to lie down and take Savasana at anytime. I tell them even though they are laying there, they are still doing yoga and I encourage them to close their eyes and pretend like they are doing the poses with us. Next time you step into a class at Moksha and you are feeling like you need Savasana in your practice, I encourage you to lie there and close your eyes and visualize in your mind what it feels like to be in the pose that is being guided. Young and old, we are all human beings who can benefit from stillness and quiet in our lives.