SAVASANA SHAVA = corpse ASANA = posture or seat Savasana is one of the most important yoga postures in the practice of yoga. It allows the mind and body to integrate all the benefits of the yoga practice. BENEFITS Calms the brain, helps relieve stress of the emotional, intellectual or physical bodies. Relaxes the physical body and improves circulation and can help lessen anxiety and improve cases of mild depression. Reduces headache, fatigue, insomnia and helps lower blood pressure. Improves circulation and decreases the body’s metabolic rate and consumption of oxygen. It helps rejuvenate the body, mind and spirit. It helps us with self-acceptance and our ability to surrender to the present moment; acceptance to yourself just as you are. Savasana provides peace and tranquility; helps us embody our own mortality, so we can feel at ease in stillness. Savasana helps us connect us to our breath – which further helps us “to let go.” It leads to withdraw from our senses; to become an observer. And as we learn to let go we can begin to concentrate, center ourselves and begin to meditate. TIPS - As you begin Savasana scan your body for muscular tension of any kind, starting with the feet and working up towards the head. As you focus your attention, use each exhale to further release a little more. Only when tension is released fully we can let go and gain the full benefits of the posture - If you start to feel drowsy or sleepy, breathe a bit deeper and quicken your breath. - Always start Shavasana before practicing other yogasana and after ending yogasana.
“The effort is in the breath, let the posture do its work”
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