Shavasana (Corpse Pose)
Lie down flat on the back with arms around 15cm away from the body and palms facing upward. A thin pillow or a folded cloth might be placed under the head to prevent discomfort. Let the fingers curled up slightly. Move your feet somewhat apart to a comfortable position and then close your eyes.
The head and spine should be in a straight line and make sure head do not fall to one side or the other. Relax the whole body and stop all physical movements.
Be aware of the natural breath and allow it to become relaxed and rhythmic.
Begin to count the breaths form the number 30 backwards to zero. Repeat, breathing in 30, breathing out 30, breathing in 29, breathing out 29, and so on till you get to zero. If the mind wander and you forget next number, bring it back to 30 and start it all over again. If the mind is in control, body will relax.
The asana relaxes the whole psycho-physiological system. It should ideally be practiced before and after asana practice, particularly after extensive exercise and whenever you are mentally and physically tired. It relaxes the body and whenever the body is relaxed, the awareness of the mind increases, developing pratyahara.
Try not to move the body during the practice, as even the slightest movement will create muscular contraction.
While lying in the shavasana become aware of the right hand and relax it. Slowly become aware of the right elbow, armpit, and right side of the waist, right buttock, knee, calf, and heel, sole of the foot and relax them one by one.
Repeat the same for the left side of the body. Make sure the each part of the body is relaxed, fell each part of the body merging into the floor.
Repeat this process a few times and all the tension will be gone.
For maximum benefit, this technique should be done after hard day at work or just before sleep.
Lay down on your abdomen on your mat or on the floor.. Stretch both arms above the head with palms touching the floor. Forehead resting to the floor. Relax your entire body as you relax in Corps Pose.
If there is any difficulty in breathing or any suffocation, place a pillow underneath the chest.
Breathing should be relaxed, natural, and rhythmic. The number of breaths may be counted as shavasana while gently pushing the abdomen against the floor.
Recommended for those with slip disc, stiff neck and stooping figure. People with these conditions will find this asana excellent position to sleep.
Lay down on your abdomen on your mat or on the floor with legs straight and forehead resting on the floor. Interlock the fingers and place the palms on the back of the head or neck and rest the elbow on the floor. Relax the whole body and become aware of the breathing process as described in shavasana.
Breathing needs to be relaxed, natural, and rhythmic. Feel the smooth warmth of the palms melting away the tension in the neck and related areas.
This asana is beneficial for all spinal complaints especially cervical spondylitis and stiff neck or upper back.
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