Extract from Mind Body Green (Ahlia Hoffman)

If you have practiced yoga with an instructor, you have likely heard him or her say that the final relaxation pose (savasana or corpse pose) is the most important or most beneficial posture in your practice.

When I first started practicing yoga, I thought this statement had to be false, and that it was just a saying that instructors would use to get their students to lie down for a few minutes without fidgeting or getting up to leave. At the time, I had no patience for this and would prefer to do some more yoga postures rather than be still. Yet, as my practice and philosophical studies progressed, I was able to access the true purpose and benefits of the final resting posture.

Final relaxation pose is often the most challenging aspect and one of the most beneficial postures of your yoga practice for a multitude of reasons. For some, lying still and not fidgeting can be difficult; for others, keeping the mind still and quiet poses a challenge — especially at the end of class when to-do lists start to come back into focus.

Here are just a few reasons why I think this part of your yoga practice is so important.