- Lying on our right puts less pressure on our hearts, which sits on the left side.
- According to traditional Chinese medicine, adopted by Yin yoga practitioners, the left nostril is the Yin (cooling, passive) side. Therefore, rolling to the right keeps the left nostril more open, balancing the body after a Yang (heating, active) asana practice.
I’ve also heard folks claim that the sympathetic (action response) nervous system runs along the right side of the body, while the parasympathetic (relaxation response) nervous system runs along the left. Turning right activates the sympathetic side, spurring one to wake and enter the active world.
But, I told Lisa, I’m not convinced about any hypothesis. I’m following tradition. My teachers all direct their students to roll right. This might simply serve to synchronize students’ movement: who wants exit savasana face-to-face with a random classmate?
Why do you roll to the right after savasana?
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