Savasana pose is probably the pose that is most frequently used during relaxation periods. If you plan to present a yoga session right before naptime, you could use this pose to foster calmness and help children fall asleep. In fact, it is quite common to see children (and even adults) fall asleep in this pose at the end of a yoga session. This pose is also frequently used for meditation or visualization. With children, savasana pose promotes muscle relaxation and slows their heart rate. What’s more, it soothes their nervous system and their mind. When you first introduce savasana pose, some children may become agitated. Know that this reaction is perfectly normal; it can be difficult for young children to stop and calm down. Give them time and provide them with many opportunities to practice. They will improve over time and come to really appreciate this relaxing pose.
Basic instructions for child’s pose:
- Lie on your back, resting your body against the floor.
- Set your arms on either side of your body, with your palms facing upward.
- Keep your legs straight and let your feet fall out to the side ever so lightly.
- Relax your jaw and continue to press your body against the floor.
How to teach children to do savasana pose:
- Open, print, and laminate the following document: (Open savasana pose).
- Show children the picture and let them see you doing savasana pose.
- Give them the basic instructions listed above.
- Do the pose with them.
When should you use savasana pose?
- This pose can be used any time children need to stop and relax.
- It can be included in the relaxation period of your yoga session.
- It is perfect for meditating with children or for a visualization exercise.
A few variations:
- Use savasana pose for a simple self-massage of your lower back. Simply hug your knees in to your chest and sway from side to side.
- Twist your body. Lying on your back, with your feet on the floor, press your knees together and twist them to the right side of your body. Swing your legs and twist your body to the left side. Repeat several times.
Maude Dubé, Specialized educator