In Sanskrit Shava means “Dead (corpse)” and Asana means “Pose”, so it is called as shavasana (corpse pose). Corpse pose is a relaxing pose which should be done at the beginning and at the end of every yoga practice. Everyone will love this yoga pose because this is like sleeping on the bed. Corpse pose is simple, but it should be done with a lot of concentration. Shavasana yoga is the best asana to relax your body, improve blood circulation and reduce fatigue.
Shavasana Steps (Corpse Pose)
- Lie flat on the floor on your back.
- Legs should be straight, but should not touch each other.
- Place your arms straight but close to your body. Palms should be facing upwards.
- Close your eyes and breathe deeply and slowly through both the nostrils.
- Focus on each part of the body from head to feet. Means first focus on head and feel relax while each exhaling or breathing out. Do not think about other things. Feel all your negative energy is going out while exhaling and positive energy comes in while inhaling (Breathe in). Feel that your stress, tension goes away while exhaling and you feel more relax and calm. This way after completing head part you go ahead to focus on relaxing your neck, shoulder, arms, chest, stomach, abdomen and legs one by one.
- This way you should continue for 3-5 minutes to relax your whole body. If you feel sleepy you can breathe faster and deeper for some time.
Benefits of Shavasana
- Relaxes your whole body.
- Release mental stress, fatigue, anxiety, depression, and tension.
- Releases stress from all muscles in the body.
- Stimulate blood circulation.
- Relieve constipation, diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure and insomnia.
- Improves concentration.
- Rejuvenates the body.
- Calms your mind.
- Improves heart function.
- Excellent practice of meditation.
Tips for Shavasana
- Should be done in the beginning and at the end of every yoga practice. You can practice corpse pose whenever you want to relax.
- If you feel sleepy you can breathe faster and deeper for some time.
- If possible, avoid glaring light while practicing shavasana.