Shavasana is not an as easy posture as it seems. The tension in all the muscles of the body must be consciously released. The muscles often seem to be completely relaxed but, in fact, tightness still remains. Even during sleep the relaxation is hard to achieve
Shavasana or Savasana can be done at any time either in between your yoga practice or at the end of the practice. This posture is also called Mritasana (a dead man’s pose)
- Lie flat on the back with arms by the sides of your body (about 6 inches away), palm facing up (a thin pillow or folded cloth may be placed behind the head to prevent discomfort).
- Move your feet slightly apart to a comfortable position and close the eyes.
- Head should be at the center, make sure it doesn’t fall to one side.
- Stop any physical movement and try to relax the whole body.
- Concentrate on your breath and slowly your body will become relaxed (a good way to do it is to mentally start counting your breath)
- Stay in the posture for at-least 2 minutes.
- It develops the mind and body awareness.
- Helps to reduce the nervous and muscular tension.
- Helps to reduce the metabolic rate and oxygen consumption.
- Helps to reduce blood pressure and heart rate.