Shavasana - Corpse Pose
This might comes as a surprise, but Shavasana is for many Yogis considered to be one of the most challenging poses. It takes minutes to learn but a lifetime to master. That’s why I am choosing this Asana as the first of hopefully many Yoga Postures in this Yoga Blog. What about lying flat on the floor can be so challenging? Because the goal of Shavasana is to let our body & mind relax completely.
What happens to the mind if we let go of all the physical tension?
Lie flat onto your Yoga mat. Open the legs mat width and the arms about 30-45 degrees away from the body. Let the toes drop to the side so the hips are relaxed and open the palms to the sky so the shoulders are relaxed, keep the shoulders away from the ears. Ensure that the backside of your neck is extended. Feel free to adjust the pose to maximise comfort. Start with a few deep, abdominal breaths. Until you are comfortable with the breathing you may place your hands on your belly. Be aware of your inhalations and exhalations, simply observe the gross movements of the breath and slowly move to more subtle places in the body as your concentrations raises. Each time the mind wanders off, bring it back calmly. Just be aware of your body and mind as you relax or melt deep into the pose.
You may use this Posture as your initial and final relaxations and then any time during your session to cool down the body or calm the breath or of course any time during your daily routine.
Once you are about to finish, start again with a few deep breath, inhale your awareness back to your body, start to move your toes and fingers and make the small movements bigger. A nice good-morning stretch will help to reactivate muscles and joints. Then bring the knees into your chest, feel free to massage your back by moving the knees sideways or circular. Then roll to one side (preferably the right side), stay there for a few breath and then slowly sit up.
- Stress relieving
- Calms the body & mind
- Lowers blood pressure
- Great way to tune into practice or recharge the batteries
- Use a small pillow for the head to comfort your neck
- Bend your knees and step your feet (knees can touch)
- Sensitive back/back insury: Bend your knees, place the feet on the floor.