Corpse/Death (Savasana) Pose: The corpse/death (savasana) pose, can also be termed as a “Complete Rest Pose” or just “rest pose” where total rest is possible. It is so simple, yet it has got to be practiced with some special techniques without which the fruits of this practice cannot be enjoyed. The real beauty of this lies in the fact that it can be practiced anytime whenever felt necessary and whenever your body and mind want to rest and leave from the conundrum of this hectic, competitive, conflicting, strenuous and fast life!
Another most important fact about savasana is that it can be practiced even singly and solitarily without any antecedent yoga practice(s). We have to employ or attach our mind here to practice detachment from the residual, resultant hang-ups of worries, anxieties, stress and strains of our daily life and in the long run, the mind itself has to learn to detach or relax and relieve itself to debunk the up-links of those crowding stress factors to refresh itself.
For the tougher exercises, this Death Pose is all the more useful!
Corpse/Death (Shavasana) Pose: It seems very easy to practice the Corpse/Death/Shavasana Pose, but, in fact, this is one of the most difficult ones. Because it requires some skills of relaxing your muscles, nerves throughout your body and you have to think that they actually are!
You have to relax your mind also from the extra burdens of thoughts and anxieties. Allow your mind to rest assured that your nerves are actually relaxed to the fullest. Don’t burden your mind that they are not. In doing so you might have to keep your attention to your pace of respiration or breathing as well. This is like fixing your eyes on the unruly student in the class to keep him under control. You are just a non-participant observer to your anxious thoughts as they are just passing clouds on your mind’s sky. You’re not reacting to, not taking any active/ passive efforts to hold and/or let them go(clouds). Then the clouds (of thoughts/anxieties) will just normally pass over you just to see you uninterested.
This is important especially for the bending exercises, like Bow, Wheel, etc poses. Otherwise, you may receive pains in muscles, nerves, etc.
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Corpse/Death/Savasana Pose is an Effective Stress-buster! Stress can have a telling effect on your mind, hence body itself. Stress is the most deadly killer of our times leading to hypertension, so your heart disease and blood pressure pro(files) are created at one go! They are one’s silent killers.
This yoga pose plays an important role in fighting stress and strains of modern-day times. We can just practice this corpse pose only in our hectic lifestyle today, for example, coming back to home from workplaces daily.
Lie down on your back, close your eyes, take deep breath, keep off your mental distractions and finally feel the relaxation while you start loosening your nerves and muscles from your tiptoes to head. and while do this for once/ twice/thrice you start feeling sleepy and can very well fll sleep for while only to wake up on your own and will feel totally relieved from anxiety and stress. Now you see your face with mirror and see the extent to which nd how you are oxygenated and composed!
Corpse/Death/Savasana pose as it is known throughout the yoga domain, is not as easy as it might seem, particularly to the ones not aware of and/or not paying heed to it due to its very simple position.
You have to loosen/relax the muscles of your body completely to rest. You have to engage your mind to do this as well. Start concentrating your mind from the toe of your feet in a way that relaxation starts from your toe, to feet, to ankles, lower part to upper part of your legs to abdomen to chest, neck face and lastly the head. You just do this for several times till you feel totally relaxed and relieved and feel drowsy/sleepy. You might even sleep for a short while and wake up again leaving in a state of maze, peace and tranquility. This may go on for 5 – 10 minutes.
Suppose you are practicing any particular yoga practice e.g. bow pose, in a row of four times, you have to practice this four times in smaller spans after each time of bow pose and after four times of bow pose is completed altogether you take a longer span of Corpse/savasana practice. Generally four times of any practice is followed. But this may vary according to your physical and mental condition or temperament.
Corpse/death/savasana pose can also be practiced lying down on your front side as well.
Sometimes over-practice of backends can cause pain. Death pose is also to be followed after backend exercises!
Corpse/Death(Savasana) Pose is one of the most important poses in yoga. Unless you are aware of the practice and benefits of it, you can never expect to derive full benefit of any other yoga practices.
By this pose we take care of our spine very easily and naturally. You are lying on your back on a mat, without any pillow or folded cloth,on a flat surface, mat etc where the surface is flat(not uneven), rather not in spongy, soft, thick mattress where the spine can not rest on its natural position.
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