Few things give you the same feeling as laying on your back after an hour of strenuous physical activity. At the end of each and every yoga practice, you get that sensation. We may not practice Warrior I or Bridge or Crow every class, but we certainly do make time for final rest. It’s during this time that we get to absorb the benefits from our practice.
This time can be extremely difficult for some people. And that’s especially true for those who are so used to running around all day that trying to wind down in and of itself is a challenge. Even if final rest is hard to stay still or seemingly boring when you just start practicing yoga, you will come to look forward to these last few minutes of class.
Here are some reasons students love final rest.
- It’s super relaxing. Other than bedtime, how many times throughout your day do you get to lay down, close your eyes and forget about everything else that’s going on in your life? Probably not often. It’s so relaxing, in fact, that some people have a hard time staying awake. While the point of final rest is not to fall asleep, I tell people that if they do end up taking a little nap, that’s what their body needed at that time.
- It’s a time for reflection. Because your body is so relaxed, final rest is also a time in which you can process. Maybe you’re processing what you just achieved in your practice, or maybe you can begin to process something difficult that’s going on in your life.
- It’s consistent. Like I mentioned earlier, you won’t do the same poses each and every practice, but we never skip final rest. Even if you’re just beginning your yoga journey, it only takes two classes to realize final rest occurs at the end of each practice. In general, the longer your journey becomes, the longer you’ll want to hang out in final rest when the time comes.
The last moments of class can vary in length, emphasizing the feelings achieved during final rest. You might lay in corpse pose for three-five minutes, or you may stay for 10 minutes or more. As a student, when you start bringing that energy and movement back, you should feel refreshed, awakened and ready to face what the day has in store for you.
Wondering why teachers love final rest? Find out here!