Sequencing Meditation into Your Class


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Dear Laura,

It is always wise to have one final Savasana after leading a meditation.

If the meditation you teach is the simple sitting and quieting of the mind, then the final Savasana will allow the student to rest, rather than rushing into the day immediately after experiencing this quiet.

Perhaps the meditation you teach is in the tradition of Transformative Spirituality, in which the students have a dialogue with the spirit through the heart center, receiving its guidance. In this case, a Savasana is needed to separate the asana practice from the meditation, since the latter requires so much intense concentration and effort. Do a Savasana after the Pranayama, and then lead the students through the meditation. Afterward, have the students perform a final Savasana; they will need rest to integrate their insights after such an intense meditation period.

Recognized as one of the world's top yoga teachers, Aadil Palkhivala began studying yoga at the age of seven with B.K.S. Iyengar and was introduced to Sri Aurobindo's yoga three years later. He received the Advanced Yoga Teacher's Certificate at the age of 22 and is the founder-director of internationally-renowned Yoga Centers™ in Bellevue, Washington. Aadil is the director of the College of Purna Yoga, a 1,700 hour Washington-state licensed and certified teacher training program. He is also a federally certified naturopath, a certified <a href="/health/ayurveda">Ayurvedic health science practitioner, a clinical hypnotherapist, a certified shiatsu and Swedish bodywork therapist, a lawyer, and an internationally sponsored public speaker on the mind-body-energy connection.