4 Tricks to Quiet Your Mind in Savasana
January 24, 2018
Along with strengthening the body, one of the goals of a regular yoga practice is a stronger mind. When we are in Savasana, we are working toward this state of deep concentration and meditation, resting our bodies in order to open up to our breath and release all of the tension and thoughts running through our minds — coming to a place of blissful nothingness.
It is immensely hard at first for most of us to quiet the mind during Savasana. Many students find their minds wandering to a random thought, the next thing on their “to-do” list, or, perhaps, imagining the food they will eat after class. We put together a few tips to share with anyone who has ever had difficulty quieting their mind.
4 TRICKS TO QUIET YOUR MIND IN SAVASANA:
1) PRECISION IS THE GOAL, NOT PERFECTION.
Precision requires being mindful of each aspect of the process, while perfection anticipates the end result and is full of self-criticism. Live in precision and enjoy the journey, not the destination. Be kind and understanding with yourself and gently invite your mind back to silence and stillness.
2) EVEN ONE MINUTE OF SILENCE IN THE MIND IS A GIFT. EMBRACE IT!
We live in a demanding, fast-paced world where you have to consciously remind yourself to take a breath or take a break. But those breaks are so necessary and don’t have to be one more demanding item to complete. Just taking one minute to tune into yourself, your breath or the beauty of the world around you can offer so much peace. Silence allows us to reset and helps us reevaluate our priorities.
3) FIND A MANTRA — A WORD OR SENTENCE TO COME BACK TO WHEN YOUR MIND STARTS TO STRAY.
I once took a one-day workshop about meditation, which is hardly enough time to learn the basics, but the strategy our meditation coach offered was simple: By focusing on a word that is meaningful to you, such as “peace” or “love,” or even a sentence, such as “Everything is going to be all right,” you will bring back your focus and awareness. Meditation gurus chant "OM" before each meditation session to bring their mind into a state of deep silence. Find your "deep silence" word.
4) PAY ATTENTION TO THE NATURAL FLOW OF YOUR BREATH — IT’S THERE TO GUIDE YOU AND SUPPORT YOU.
Breath is truly the life force, Prana, and it is always there to guide you whenever you need it. By paying attention to the natural flow of your breath, you are making a mind-body connection and settling into a state of compassionate self-awareness. As you breathe, acknowledge any feelings that may be rising up and blocking your path to peace, then release them.
Once you get to this peaceful place inside, you’ll want to keep coming back in order to feel the openness and serenity that comes with a quiet mind. The benefits of yoga towards this end are unbelievable. The asanas combined with pranayama are tools to help get back to that place of blissful nothingness.
-Bikram Yoga Hazel Dell