A favorite part of yoga for many people is the last ten minutes. This is relaxation time. We lie in Savasana (shah-VAH-sah-nah), also known as 'corpse pose'. The whole body is relaxed onto the floor with an awareness of the chest and abdomen rising and falling with each breath. All parts of the body are scanned for muscular tension of any kind, which is consciously released as it is found.
The best part about savasana is quieting the mind chatter. Mind chatter can make you crazy. It's incessant mind talk: past conversations, mental checklists, concerns, thoughts, ideas, grocery lists - all buzzing around without ceasing. While it will never fully go away, it can be quieted down. And when it's shushed for a few minutes, it is very refreshing and rejuvenating. Savasana is about letting go completely.
Here's one way to quiet the mind chatter and so you can feel refreshed.
You may want to set a timer on your phone for 10-15 minutes. There's a great app for smart phones called: Mindfulness. It allows you to set a meditation timer with a gentle chime to begin and end the session.
Get comfortable & relax:
One you've relaxed the body, begin to focus solely on the breath. Try these breathing variations to help relax and shush the :
Same Duration with Pause
Notice how your body feels.
Notice how your mind feels.
Did you relax?
It can take some practice, but I guarantee that just focusing on the breath for a few minutes is very relaxing and refreshing.
Take time to shush the mind jabber. It's SO worth it!