SAVASANA – Corpse pose

Morbid name right? But this pose is like that sweet, sweet icing on the cake at the end of your asana practise. Many people often choose to skip out on this pose. Or maybe don’t see the point of it. Savasana is actually one of the hardest poses to perfect!

Here’s why you should stick around for it:

  • Relaxes the body
  • Reduces headache, fatigue, and insomnia
  • Helps to lower blood pressure
  • Calms the mind and helps relieve stress and mild depression

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Lay down on your mat. Ensure that no strain is placed on the body from your position. Lower back should be long & heart lifted and open. Palms face upwards towards to sky.
  2. Relax through every part of your body, moving your awareness from the soles of your feet all the way to the top of your head.
  3. Quieten the mind, by emptying any unnecessary thoughts and replace them with a gentle focus on the breath.
  4. You can stay in savasana for 5 – 30 minutes. To come out start by slowly moving your fingers and toes. Draw the knees in towards your chest and roll to your right. Spend a few moments there before using your hands to push yourself up to sitting.

Here’s how to keep it safe:

  • If you have any back or neck discomfort, keep your knees bent with the feet flat on the floor. Making sure that the feet aren’t too close to the buttocks.
  • Pregnant women should keep the chest & head raised until lying on the back becomes uncomfortable, then a side position should be adopted.

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