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Six tips for a superior at-home savasana

posted on Thursday, 18th June 2015 | find under Tamara

A good savasana leaves you feeling physically lighter and mentally revitalised. You might see the world a little more clearly. Feel greater appreciation for the little things, like a well-brewed cup of tea. Have more confidence tackling the day’s to-do list with new-found focus and determination. Or, you might feel a tangible release of the day’s tensions as you sink into pre-bedtime meditation. Here five Sweaty Betty Ambassadors share their own tips to help you enjoy the benefits of an at-home savasana, whether you’re a newly inspired mat maven or regular yogi…

1. App-reciate the moment

Need a little help getting in the zone? There’s an app to help with that. Fulham Ambassador Jo Arthur recommends Insight Timer, which allows you to set a fixed time for meditation (ranging from 2-20 minutes) and gently rings to let you know when the time is up. Or, if you prefer a relaxing soundtrack or guided meditation cues, Bloomingdale's NYC Ambassador Yanti Amos loves the Calm app.

2. Yin first, Yang later

When you have a little more time to spare, Jo encourages you to explore an even deeper meditation with 20 minutes of yin yoga before settling into stillness. This will release any areas of tension in your body so you can enter a meditative state feeling completely open and relaxed. Set the scene with Jo’s guided yin yoga video.

3. Prop yourself up

Props can make all the difference between a half-hearted savasana and sumptuous state of zen. Battersea Ambassador Charlie Morgan creates a ‘meditation nest’ using Nag Champa incense sticks and a blanket. “When your body is covered, your parasympathetic nervous system is instantly calmed – helping you relax deeper and deeper,” says Charlie. Leeds Ambassador Angela Sykes further recommends rolling a blanket beneath your neck if you have a curve in your lower back, alleviating any discomfort from lying flat so your mind remains present in the moment.

4. Start with a clean slate

If you’re meditating at the end of the day, Yanti suggests showering before your savasana. “The water helps to wash away any frustrations you’re still feeling from the day,” says Yanti. “It also makes you more committed to your meditation, so there’s no need to get up again and prepare for bed if your savasana happens to turn into a deep sleep.”

5. Breathe deep

Although savasana is all about l