Don't let the look of this posture fool you; according to yoga teacher and triple board-certified physician Monisha Bhanote, MD, "the real difficulty comes in the art of relaxing." If your life is fast-paced and hectic, with your mind "constantly bouncing from one idea to another," a daily Savasana provides time for relaxation, balance, and stress reduction, she explained.
- Lie on your back and close your eyes. In order to relax and open your body fully, extend your arms a few inches away from the body, with the palms facing up. Put about 15 to 20 inches between your heels, allowing your feet to fall open with the toes pointing out. Actively shrug your shoulder blades down toward your hips. Lengthen through the spine as much as possible, relaxing your lower back toward the floor.
- After you've found a comfortable position, stay here for as long as you want, around 10 minutes or more, if your schedule allows for it. If you're short on time, remain in Savasana at least until your heart rate slows down and your breath returns to its natural soothing rhythm.