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Struggling with the “Easiest” Yoga Pose

Hey guys! I hope you’ve had a nice weekend. It’s been lovely here – today it was 66 degrees and I took Maizey on a walk wearing a short-sleeved shirt. It was felt great to soak up some warm rays!

It was a weekend of intense workouts, but lots of fun! I started Friday morning at 6 AM at Pure Barre (if you’re unfamiliar with the class, you can read my Pure Barre review) with a friend for her first class. It kicked my booty, per usual. Friday evening, after an absolutely crazy day at work, I rushed out of the office to get to Paz Studios. I ran in right at 6:15 and luckily was able to still get into class.

I could definitely tell that my body was tired from the morning’s Pure Barre workout, but I needed the class more from an emotional/destressing session rather than a workout so I didn’t worry too much about taking it a little easy in some poses. After class, I got takeout from Thai Sawatdee – yellow curry with chicken – and settled in with a glass of wine to catch up on Nashville and The Mindy Project. (Re: The Mindy Project, for those caught up – the plane scene!!!!) 

On Saturday, I slept in until 8 (after tossing and turning all night – ugh) and then had a slow start to the morning with some coffee and granola. I finally made it to the gym around 9:20 for a treadmill tempo run. (More details on how I did my tempo run tomorrow.)

And then today, I headed back to the yoga studio. I was sore and my legs and glutes were pretty tired but I still had a strong practice. I talked to my yoga instructor, Elliott, after class Friday night about focusing on just one inversion type. I’ve been practicing regularly for two years and still can’t do inversions without the wall (and even then, I can’t hold it very long without relying on the wall). He recommended focusing just on forearm stand, rather than switching back and forth between that and headstand, and showed me some adjustments to make with my hands so that it’s more comfortable for me. (Forearm stand bothers my wrists – he said it’s just the way my body is made and it’s hard for my hands to lay flat without some adjustments.) So, today, I focused on forearm stand before settling into savasana at the end. 

Savasana is physically the easiest pose – you just lay on your back! But it’s the hardest pose mentally because you need to quiet your mind. It’s much easier for me to quiet my mind when I’m trying to balance in a pose, like half moon or side crow. But when I don’t have the physical aspect to focus on, it’s hard to quiet my thoughts. I go through phases where savasana is really difficult for me and I’m in one right now. Today, it was hard even to keep my eyes closed. But, I think when I’m having the hardest time with savasana is really when my mind and spirit need it most.

So I’m going to try to practice yoga more often this month, even on days when I can’t make it to the studio and even if it’s a short time, just to get my head back in a better place. And, to practice forearm stand. 🙂

Savasana copy 21source

Do you struggle in savasana? If you’re not a yogi, how do you quiet your mind? Meditation? Tuning out while running? Something else?


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  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
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    I always struggle with savasana. I find forward bend to be the most calming for me in terms of shutting my mind off. I have been practicing forearm stand a lot lately and I finally held it with out and support completely away from any wall on Saturday! It felt great! The only pose I am scared to attempt now is headstand. It hurts my head to much and I just can’t get it right. It seems do dangerous.

  • Livi
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    I feel you! It’s really hard to quiet the mind!

  • Sarah
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    I’ve grown to love savasana, though I used to struggle with it. I tell my students to “observe their thoughts like waves on a beach.” You know the waves are going to be there; they go in and out relentlessly. Watch your thoughts without riding them.

  • christina
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    I’ve only gone to yoga a few times but the last few moments in that pose have given me extreme anxiety! I’m not sure why…I guess I have trouble w/ total silence. But then ONCE (with this really awesome teacher who had the most soothing voice), I kid you not I fell asleep for like a minute. It. was. awesome.

  • Annie
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    I struggle big time!!! I always think about dinner when I am in evening classes, haha !

  • Amber
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    Savasana is probably my favourite pose and I’ve gotten better and better at quieting my mind over the years. That said, there are definitely some days it still feels impossible to get into!

    A home practice is something I really really need to work on. I go to my studio about 4 times a week but I know there are some poses I’m never going to get without a more regular practice. Even if I spent 10 minutes doing a couple of vinayasa’s and practicing those poses every night, I’m sure it would make a huge difference to my practice!

    • Teri [a foodie stays fit]
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      I’ve been thinking the same thing – that I need to practice at home if I want to make progress on some things, like inversions.

  • Kristen
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    I used to have a pretty regular meditation practice but it’s gradually fallen to nothing. I know what’s going on in my life that’s making it unappealing and I guess I’m ok with it for now. I’m even in a point of not even trying to struggle with savasana. I was struggling for a bit but for now I’m just letting my monkey mind run rampant in hopes that it’ll somehow bring the joy back to quiet rather than quiet being a chore. To build on the wave analogy above, I guess I’m surfing in hopes that soon I’ll be ready to lie back on the shore.

  • Megan @ The Skinny-Life
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    I’m not a yogi, but always wished I culd get mysef more focused to get something out of practcing it. I realized recenty that what I really was after was something to help me zone out & control my anxious personality. Running has always been my zen time. But I also found it helpful instituting a no electronics after 8pm rule. That time to shut-down before bed helps me relax.

    • Teri [a foodie stays fit]
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      I completely agree about the no electronics rule! I’ve been trying to do that too and it really helps!

  • Lauren
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    I attended a restorative yoga class tonight and had the same struggle with savasana. Ito center my thoughts I kept repeating “all you have is this moment” and it seemed to help.

  • purelytwins
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    I struggle with focusing and calming the mind, but I know over time it will get easier. For me it is just “practicing” yoga more. I am slowly trying to get back into it and practicing my headstands!

  • Sarah
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    For a long time I skipped savasana at the end of class, but after an intensive yoga class I realized how important it was. In the first couple of minutes my body would feel so sore but then relax into the floor. Calming the mind is difficult, but focusing on breath helps.

  • KaraHadley
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    I completely understand what you mean. I generally go to on Fridays right after work and, depending on how my week went, I can either really relax or my eyes keep popping open and I keep finding my face tensed. Whenever I can’t seem to relax, I try to focus on the feeling of the air going in and out through my nose. Not the feeling of breathing, but I try to feel the air traveling across my nostrils. It sounds weird, but focusing on that faint feeling seems to help.

    And then sometimes I just throw my hands up and have some wine when I get home.

  • Jordan Lynn // Life Between Lattes
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    I once fell asleep in savasana, and it was a little awkward when I woke up. Oops. I generally love savasana though. I used to hate it, and it is still hard for me, but I have really learned to appreciate having that time to relax at the end of class.

  • jen
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    it’s super common for students to struggle with savasana. many times your physical practice stirs a lot up and when you’re quiet in savasana it can either be an “ahhhh” moment or a “holy shit what just happened and why do i feel like this” experience.

    happy to see you on the mat.

    • Teri [a foodie stays fit]
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      Your class is one of the very best savasanas I’ve ever had. Something about the heat really helps me relax at the end. I wish my studio was a hot one!