savasana has to be the most overlooked and under-appreciated pose in all of yoga.
afterall, you’re just lying there, doing nothing. how important can it really be?
certainly, you can find better things to do with your kids’ time. handstands, for example! or stretching! or tree!
fact is, savasana is the single most important pose in the whole asana practice. in fact, the entire practice is devised to prepare us for savasana. for, nestled in savasana, is the key to all asana…complete and unaffected stillness and quietness.
oh…and even if yoga didn’t think savasana so very important, think about it: kids, stillness, quietness. seem like good skills to me.
i would go far as to say that the primary benefit of yoga for kids is teaching them how to quiet down, get still, and foster self-control.
overall, i am quite lenient with alignments in a children’s yoga practice, working in broad strokes and general directions. but when it comes to savasana, things get very specific.
this is a pose done lying flat on the back with feet relaxed and about a foot apart, palms open and about a foot from the body, nose faces the sky, eyes are closed.
and as i reiterate repeatedly to the kids, nothing moves. not a finger or a toe. we don’t scratch itches, play with our hair, or pick our noses. we’re working on becoming frozen still.
and herein comes the number one question in all of kids’ yoga. i get asked this just about every class…and in complete sincerity…
“are we allowed to breathe?”
“yes,” i answer, “the parts that breathe are allowed to move. i highly encourage breathing…”
and so, all my kids do eventually emerge from corpse pose alive and intact. thank god they asked me before they just went ahead stopped breathing…