Corpse Pose Yoga (Shavasana)

How to do Corpse Pose Yoga or Shavasana:

Step 1:

Place your body in a neutral position. Besides, there is a need to sit with feet on the floor while the knees are bent. You need to lean back using the forearms.

Step 2:

While using the hands, lift the skull base from the neck back. Additionally, there is a need for releasing the neck back down in the tailbone side.

Step 3:

Ensure you reach the arms which are towards the ceiling and also perpendicular to the floor. You need to form one side to the other while broadening your back ribs and shoulder blades from the spine. The arms on the floor should be released. Angle the hands towards the torso mid-line. Turn arms outward while stretching them in the space, which is between your shoulder blades. Rest the hands back on the floor in a place in which you will feel comfortable.

Step 4:

Additionally, there is a need to calm your various sense organs. There is a need to soften the tongue’s roots with nose wings and the inner ears channels. Staying in pose for a period of five to thirty minutes while practicing. The process of exiting involves rolling using exhalation on the right side. Besides, there is a necessity of taking around two to three breaths.

Benefits of Corpse Pose Yoga (Shavasana)

  • Calming the brain and helping relieve mild depression and stress.
  • Relaxing of body.
  • Reducing of insomnia, fatigue, and headache.
  • It helps in lowering of lower blood pressure.

Safety and Precautions for Corpse Pose Yoga (Shavasana)

  • Trying to avoid moving the body while at the same time practicing Shavasana. It will help in defeating the importance of conducting asana whose aim is getting stillness.
  • Ensuring you are not practicing asana in places with external disturbances or noise.
  • Ensuring you are not falling asleep while conducting asana. While doing asana, you need to be cautious to ensure you are always safe.

Modifications and variation for Corpse Pose Yoga (Shavasana)

  • People with different back problems ought to engage in the following modifications.
  • Placing padding underneath thighs to assist the lower back in flattening on the floor.
  • Placing a book or padding under the head to assist the chin incoming towards the chest. It will help in lengthening and easing of neck tension.
  • Bending of knees and placing the feet on the floor in hip-width apart.
  • Making sure the lower back is flat at the floor and letting the knees end up falling together.

Source: Wikipedia