I can’t take shavasanaat the end of my yoga practice.
If this were the first time it happened or it were an unusual event for me, it would not warrant a blog post. But I never take shavasana after practice; at least not for more than 30 seconds or so. I do a modified star pose with my knees drawn up or I go into child’s pose or a supported forward bend, with my forehead resting on a bunch of pillows.
I don’t think deep relaxation is impossible or difficult for me – I go to sleep in shavasana nearly every night, in bed. It seems appropriate at the end of the day, when my last waking thought is about ending the current day – it’s a time of closure and review; acceptance and sometimes revelation. I have solved many problems while in shavasana, right before I fall asleep.
But in the morning, when I normally practice yoga, I have a whole day ahead of me that is usually full and I have a limited time to practice, if I want to leave my house on time. Unfortunately, I am expected elsewhere Monday through Friday at 8 AM! I can’t be too relaxed or I wouldn’t make it out the door.
So I’m wondering if a delayed shavasana is as effective and beneficial as a shavasana done immediately after practice?
Are there any other shavasana-challenged yoga practitioners out there?
And for those of you who love ending your practice with shavasana, what do you love most about it? Maybe there is something I can learn from you.