Learn how to do SHAVASANA (CORPSE POSE), its benefits & breathing pattern.
Yoga is the most rejuvenating form of all exercises! For those who have never tried practicing yoga poses, its time they start! Yoga can be performed at the comfort f your home without any kind of equipment except for a yoga mat. It not only exercises the body but also releases you of any kind of stress.
Shavasana is also known as the corpse pose. The asana has its name derived from the Sanskrit term ‘Shava’ which means ‘dead body’ or ‘corpse’ and ‘asana’ means ‘pose’. Shavasana is the last and the most important step while practicing yoga asanas or pranayama.The most significant aspect of yoga is that you do not need any specific place or climate to practice it. Practicing yoga only needs a small place where you can sit, practice, relax, meditate and have time for yourself. Asanas are the body postures which are associated with the practice of yoga.
There are numerous asanas which you can practice. Every asana gives you different benefits. Some are intended at losing weight and some at gaining weight. But the most important thing after a complete yoga session is practicing ‘Savasana’. Shavasana or corpse pose relaxes your entire body and also calms the mind.
Now the question that arises in the minds of people is how to do shavasana? Well, it is very simple and can even be practiced by a novice. All you need to do is to lie on your back with your legs slightly spread apart.
Allow your knees and heels to relax. Place your toes to the right so that you feel relaxed. Remember that your hands should be placed by your sides and they should be facing upwards.
It is important to begin this exercise by focusing your attention to different parts of the body one by one. Preferably begin by concentrating on the right foot slowing moving upwards. You can then move onto the left part of your body and apply the same focus on each part.
Here breathing plays an important role in yoga where the technique is to be applied properly for best results. Breathe slowly and feel your body relax during the Shavasana or corpse pose. This yoga pose can be performed for about 10-20 minutes of time. Make sure that you do not fall asleep during this exercise.
After you finish with the Shavasana, turn to your side slowly and stay in that position for a minute or two and then raise your body off the floor.
Shavasana has many benefits which can be studied as follows:
1. It calms the brain and relieves you of stress or mild depression.
2. It helps in improving blood circulation in the body.
3. It relaxes your body parts and invigorates them.
4. It helps in reducing fatigue, insomnia and problems like headache.
5. It also helps in getting rid of blood pressure problems.
6. It is a cure for most diseases. This asana helps in bringing a meditative state and may help in repairing tissues and cells in the body.
7. Above all it rejuvenates your mind, body and soul.
A proper yoga session is incomplete without Shavasana. Practicing this activity after yoga asana is of utmost importance. It helps you calm your body, relax and get rid of the pain.
Although Shavasana has numerous benefits, it does not have much contraindication. Only those who are suffering from back ache are advised to consult a qualified yoga teacher before practicing this asana.
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