Why do we roll to the right side after Savasana?

Simply Soulful Yoga

Well, there are several reasons!


Much of asana practice is about opening your heart and the action of rolling to your right continues this opening and freeing from pressure. Since your heart is on the left side of your body, when you roll to your right side, your heart remains above your organs, physically exerts less weight on your heart. The heart remains open and free of pressure. Resting on the right side allows your natural blood pressure to reach it’s potential homeostasis.


Traditionally, in India, it is encouraged to enter a room with your right foot. Also, in many parts of the world especially the east, we extend our right hand to greet one another. The right side represents the east and so rolling towards the right, the east, or the rising sun is symbolic of asking for blessings of grace and bliss.


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 cool and calm as you come up to sitting. Lying on your right side helps keep your left nostril, which is on top, open. This allows you to continue to breathe through your left nostril and continue the relaxing effects of lying on your right side (more details on nadis below*).

*Our being is considered to consist of much more than just our physical and visible body. Our body contains over 72.000 nadis, or energy channels, through which our Prana, or Life Force, flows. These nadis cannot be seen with the physical eye. The practice of yoga aims at releasing energetic blockages from the nadis, allowing prana to flow unimpeded around the body. There are three main nadis in the body a) the Sushumna in the centre of the spine b) the Ida nadi on the left side of the spine, c) the Pingala nadi on the right side of the spine.

The Ida nadi on the left side of the body, is related to our femininity. The feminine side of the body has cooling, calming, Yin energy. It is connected to the moon. The left side of our brain is creativity.

The Pingala nadi on the right side of the body, is related to our masculinity. The masculine side of the body has heating, energizing, Yang energy. It is connected to the sun. The right side of our brain is analytical.

Simply Soulful Yoga - The Nadis

Popular thinking in the West is that Hatha yoga is about balancing the body and mind. ‘Ha’ represents the sun, and ‘Tha’ the moon. The practice of Hatha yoga thus aims to unite, join, yoke, or balance these two energies, or opposites, and all the attributes that go with these opposites: hot and cold, dark and light, physical and mental, male and female – in order to reach balance of the right and the left side of our being – mentally, physically, spiritually.

The practical application of this is simple, yet profound. When you feel sluggish, tired and without energy, you can stimulate the right side of your body to warm and energize yourself. When you are feeling overheated, irritated and spun-up, you can stimulate the left side of the body to cool and stabilize yourself, and gain a sense of calmness.

However, literally Hatha means ‘force’ and is more traditionally defined as ‘the yoga of force’, or ‘the means of attaining a state of yoga through force’. So Hatha yoga can be considered as anything you might do with the body, including:

  • Asana – yoga postures
  • Pranayama – breathing techniques
  • Mantra – chanting or reciting
  • Mudra – hand gestures
  • Shatkriyas and shatkarmas – cleansing techniques
  • Visualisations

Please note, the Sanskrit word for sun is “surya,” and for the moon it is “chandra”.


Rolling to your left side in pregnancy:

Rolling to the left side during pregnancy (instead of right side) can help improve circulation, giving nutrient-packed blood an easier route from the heart to the placenta to nourish the baby.

Lying on the left side also relieves the pressure of the enlarged uterus from compressing the vena cava, which carries oxygenated blood to the baby; it also relieves the pressure on top of the liver, which process nutrients and detoxification of non-nutrients.


If you have any other theories, I would be interested to hear them 🙂 Namaste.