Corpse Pose / Shavasana

Corpse Pose

  • Shavasana

Shavasana is an beginner level yoga asana performed in the supine position. The name is derived from the Sanskrit words 'Shava meaning corpse, and Asana meaning posture respectively. By performing this pose regularly, a person can easily get into meditative state. Consistent practice of this asana also promotes spiritual awakening and awareness of higher consciousness. Shavasana  stimulates crown chakra (Sahasrara).


Steps to do Corpse Pose / Shavasana

  • Lie down on your back. 
  • Keep the legs apart. Toes falling out freely. 
  • Hands slightly away from the body. 
  • Palms turned up. 
  • Nose pointed to the ceiling. 
  • Eyes closed. 
  • Drop the body weight completely on the mat/floor. 
  • Breathe in and out slowly and deeply, Relax yourself.

Tips for beginners

  • Before going into shavasana commit yourself wholeheartedly for the relaxation.
  • Establish the physical circumstances necessary for a successful and pleasurable deep relaxation.
  • Try talking to a friend about your experience. and incorporate your practise into your everyday life.

Benefits

  • Leads to a relaxed state of mind. 
  • Once the body is relaxed the consciousness of the mind gets boosted and it leads to the growth of Pratyahara. 
  • It removes worries and tensions. 
  • It can be extremely helpful in menstruation. 
  • It is also helpful for people with emotional disturbances, anxiety, irritation, depression and frustration. 
  • Improves the functions of the brain. Decreases high blood pressure.

Watch out for

  • Pregnant women, kindly avoid lying flat on the floor. 
  • In the case of certain spinal injuries, the patients must avoid this practice.

Variations

  • If necessary, add cushioning under the thighs to allow the lower back to rest flat on the floor.
  • To extend and relieve neck strain, place padding or a book beneath the head and allow the chin to slightly incline towards the chest.