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Corpse Pose (Shavasana) – Everything You Should Know About It

Being active throughout the day is important. However, that does not mean you should not rest. People have become so much accustomed to the fast pace of life that they hardly sit silently. This leads to various issues and hampers the peace of your mind. So, all those reasons make it more significant why you should practice the Corpse pose (Shavasana).

Let’s have a glimpse of the Corpse pose before learning how to do it. We further covered the usage of yoga props while practicing the Corpse pose (Shavasana). Also, don’t forget to check out the variations of the Corpse pose (Shavasana). Read on.

What is Corpse Pose?

The art of conscious lying to relax your mind and body is the principle idea governing the Corpse pose (Shavasana). You practice lying down while being aware of various mental processes. Further, you let your body relaxes to the greatest degree.

However, the biggest challenge is lying down and doing nothing. Thus, numerous people avoid practicing the Corpse pose (Shavasana). Generally, this is practiced at the end of a yoga session to cool down the body and mind after an intense yoga practice.

Steps to Practice Corpse Pose (Shavasana)

Here are some of the basic steps you should follow to perfectly practice the Corpse pose (Shavasana).

  1. Get on the yoga mat or any softer padding to lie on.
  2. Extend your legs and arms so that nothing seems tense.
  3. Breathe deep into your diaphragm for further relaxation.
  4. Make sure you keep your eyes closed throughout the whole process.
  5. Be aware of your breathing.

That’s it. There is nothing special or fancy that you have to do. Then also many yoga practitioners find it one of the most difficult yoga poses. Just make sure you don’t fall asleep while practicing this yoga pose.

How to Use Props in Corpse Pose (Shavasana)

You can use plenty of yoga props while practicing the Corpse pose (Shavasana). Let’s dig a little deeper to know how to use props. Keep reading.

  1. Using a yoga block under your head. This gives your neck some support and elevates your head to resemble the stance that you are sleeping on the bed.
  2. Place yoga bolsters or pillows under your knees. It helps in making your lying posture more comfortable.
  3. Placing yoga blankets under your pelvis ensures your lower back has more support.

Variations of the Corpse Pose (Shavasana)

Legs on the Chair

One of the variations of the Corpse pose (Shavasana) is that you place your feet or legs on a chair. It is your personal choice whether you place just feet or up to calves.

Supporting the Spine

Another variation that you can practice is giving your spine full support. For that, you should use yoga bolsters to completely support your spine. It further ensures you do not feel any discomfort while practicing the Corpse pose (Shavasana).

Benefits of Practicing the Corpse Pose (Shavasana)

Calms Central Nervous System

Practicing the Corpse pose (Shavasana) calms the central nervous system. It ensures your body mechanisms work perfectly. Further, it balances your body’s systems that release various negative emotions and ailments.

Relaxes Mind

It is one of the major benefits of practicing the Corpse pose (Shavasana). You get in a relaxing state that helps you witness the changes in your body and mind. In short, you become conscious of all the changes happening in your surrounding. Moreover, you become less anxious or stressed.

Heals Headaches & Body Pain

There could be many reasons for headaches or body pain. Sometimes, a particular negative entity in your mind can hamper your mental balance. Moreover, any disruption in the flow of energy in your body can lead to a headache. Thus, practicing the Corpse pose (Shavasana) helps you get rid of a headache or other chronic pains in your body.

Lowers Blood Pressure

Relaxed body mechanisms give vital organs in your body some rest. This lowers the blood pressure in your body that otherwise might have turned disastrous for you. Moreover, lower blood pressure gives your heart much-needed rest.

Sum Up

The Corpse pose (Shavasana) is certainly one of the most important yoga poses you should practice every day. Just go with the flow without rushing through the matter and have a healthier body and mind.

Read more: Cobra Pose and Child Pose

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