How To Do Savasana Correctly For Maximum Health Benefits
The savasana deserves more credit than everyone seems to give it. Take a challenge, and try it yourself. Be as calm as water, and let your thoughts float away. Just simply be.Heard the joke about being a yoga fanatic, but practicing only the savasana? Yeah, I didn’t find it funny either. Not only because it isn’t funny, but also because while most people think savasana is the easiest yoga poses, couldn’t it be further from the truth.
So, what is Savasana?
Savasana literally means corpse pose, where sava means corpse, and asana means pose or posture. To do it right, you must lie on your back, keep your eyes closed, and shoulders relaxed. Keep arms at an angle from the body, with palms open and facing upwards. Your legs should also be at a distance from each other, and your feet and knees relaxed. It must be done at the end of a yoga session, ideally for 10-20 minutes.
How to do Savasana correctly?
The reason why Savasana is one of the hardest yoga poses is because it requires you to be completely present in the situation. Your body needs to be relaxed, while your mind needs to be relaxed as well as eliminate all the distractions and tensions that might be pushing you to fidget, mentally or physically.
Here how to do Savasana correctly:
1. Get into the Savasana pose, as described above.
2. Exhale loudly. This breath tells your mind and body that it is now okay to relax.
3. Breathe naturally, and one by one, consciously relax each part. You can start with one foot, and move your way up the leg, focusing on all the individual parts. Then do the other leg, and gradually keep moving upwards. Be especially aware of the shoulders, neck, spine, and jaw, as most of us accumulate our tensions in these areas.
4. Keep breathing, while focusing on each inhalation and exhalation. You should feel energised while inhaling, and relaxed while exhaling. Let your thoughts roll, and notice them. You should eventually aim to get to a state where you can empty your mind, and focus on peace, quiet, and your breathing.
5. To get up, roll onto your right side and stay there. Then slowly sit up, but keep your eyes closed and your breathing relaxed. When you feel it is right, open your eyes.
What are the benefits of doing Savasana?
The benefits of the savasana pose are many, including:
1. It helps combat headaches, insomnia and fatigue. This is because both the body and the mind are at complete rest.
2. Taking out the time to slow down the pace of our body and mind helps in reducing stress, thereby benefiting our skin, heart, and all the other organs that stress affects.
3. The meditative nature of this pose helps in combating mild depression and anxiety.
4. Because the body has been consciously relaxed, it helps with muscular as well as nerve relaxation.
5. With the mind at rest, memory, concentration, confidence, and focus are improved.
6. It also helps in reducing the heart rate and blood pressure levels.
7. As with other ways of meditation, this introductory meditative pose increases energy.
Practicing savasana gives us pause, helps us take out the time to reflect, let go of tensions, and rejuvenates and refreshes us.
However, if you suffer from back pain, do the pose with your knees bent. Pregnant women should either do this pose in a foetal position, or with their head and chest raised on a bolster.
Simply being is not something that comes naturally to us in this world, which is moving quicker than ever before. Being still and reflecting can seem like a waste of time, but stick with it. The act of consciously surrendering can be one of the most terrifying things, but it can also be one of the most liberating.