Savasana - The Corpse Pose
"Sava" means 'corpse' in Sanskrit. In this asana the whole body is relaxed by remaining motionless just like a dead body.
- Find a calm and serene place.
- Dress comfortably.
- Spread out a mat and lie down on it on your back.
- Stretch out your legs and keep it adequately apart.
- Put your hands about a foot away from the body on either side.
- Keep the knees flexed.
- Keep the palms upturned and relax your fingers.
- Drop your chin and sag your lower jaw.
- Relax your mouth and let the teeth be apart.
- Close your eyes gently.
- Continue normal breathing without regulating its rhythm.
- Continue lying on the floor in this state like a corpse.
- Free your mind of all thoughts and worries.
- Relax your entire body and mind.
- Starting from the head, picture each part of the body and relax it by letting go.
- Concentrate on your breathing and forget about other parts of your body.
- The total relaxation phase is that moment from where you'll realize nothing, feel nothing, hear nothing, sense nothing and your mind will be in a blank state.
- Regain alertness and take a few deep breaths.
- Join your legs slowly and bring the arms closer to the sides of the body.
- Open your eyes and get up slowly by first stretching the hands and legs.
- Sit up and then stand.
- Always practice in a calm dark place.
- Do not move any part of your body unless needed for relaxation.
- Do not yawn at any point of time while practicing the pose.
- This is the best asana to attain relaxation of mind and body.
- The pose can serve as a stress buster.
- It helps improve your work efficiency.
- It rejuvenates your body.
- Regular practice of Savasana helps overcome insomnia.
- The physical and mental stress and strain during a hectic day can be suitably addressed through a few minutes practice of Savasana.
- Savasana helps overcome fatigue.
- Savasana alleviates headache, angina pectoris and dyspepsia.
- Different pains and aches are effectively healed.
- Spinal abnormalities are rectified.