Why do we roll to the right side after savasana? 

Why do we roll to the right side after savasana?

 

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Savasana is the final pose of any yoga class and provides the body deep restoration after working hard throughout the class. Savasana is sometimes called Final Relaxation Pose. The Sanskrit name, “Savasana” (shah-VAHS-uh-nuh), comes from two words:  “Sava” meaning “corpse” and “asana” meaning “pose”. There are scientific studies that state your body works just as hard during the 5 minutes of rest or meditation in savasana as the body did throughout the prior 45-55 minutes of physical practice.

As the restful meditation comes to a close, your instructor will cue you back into awareness of your body and eventually bringing you back into stillness laying on your right side, head on your right bicep, in a fetal position. This allows the body and mind to transition up into a comfortably seated position close class and move on with your day. Many yogis and yoginis have questioned:

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Why do we roll to the right side after savasana?

  • Physiological: Your heart is on the left side of your body. When you roll to your right side, your heart remains open and free of pressure. Your heart also remains above your organs on your right side leaving less weight on your heart. This means less pressure after savasana. Pausing on the right side allows your natural blood pressure to reach it’s potential homeostasis.
  • Energy Channels: Rolling to your right keeps your ida nadi (one of your main channels of prana, or life force, which corresponds to cooling energy) active and helps to keep your body calm as you come up to sitting. The left side of your body is your yin side. Lying on your right side allows you to continue to breath through your left nostril and continue the relaxing effects.
  • Spiritual and Ritual: In India, it is considered auspicious to enter a holy space with your right foot. In many parts of the world we greet each other by extending our right hands. The right side represent the east and so rolling towards the east, or the rising sun is symbolic of asking for blessings of grace and bliss.

**Please note that if you are pregnant you should roll to the left because this increases the flow of blood and nutrients to the baby.

 

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