The Corpse ‘Shavasana’ posture

The Shavasana or the ‘corpse pose’ in yoga is considered to be one of the most important of mind ‘mindful’ aware postures in yoga. The corpse pose is seen as one of the best posture to revitalise the body and mind.

Shavasana helps…
  • Understand Body-Mind Connect
  • Lower blood pressue
  • Decrease heart rate
  • Decrease respiratory rate
  • Increase energy levels
  • Reduce stress and anxiety

How to practice Shavasana?

1. Lie on your back with your legs straight and slightly apart. Your arms should be by your side and your palms should face up. Lie relaxedly. Make sure your eyes are closed.

2. Breathe naturally for a while.

3. Inhale deeply and feel the tension throughout your body.

4. Exhale deeply and realise the tension moving out of your body. Once you have exhaled deeply, ensure that you do not have tension at any part of your body.

5. Try staying in Shavasana after your yoga practice at least for 5 to 7 minutes.

6. When you are through with the session, focus on your natural breath, then take a few deep breaths and get up slowly through the right side.

7. Shavasana is the most important of yoga postures. So, don’t ignore it.

8. There is a possibility of falling asleep during the Shavasana practice. If you fall asleep constantly during Shavasana, try finding the reason for the tiredness.

9. It is always better to learn yoga postures, including the Shavasana pose, from an expert.

Shavasana posture has variations. So, talk to your yoga teacher as to which suits you the best. This is important, especially if you have medical disorders.
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