Tuesday, August 6, 2013

How to do a Savasana Pose or Corpse Pose to Improve Breathing and Relaxation


I believe you need to find time to relax and breath. One of the ways I do this is by practicing a very important posture called Savasana or Corpse Pose. Above all other poses, this is the posture to master in order to instill a sense of deep relaxation and a connection to all things around you. Yet, sometimes it is the most difficult to do while remaining focused. It is a pose that I am trying to get better at but have practice for a long time.
Whether your physical goal is to lose weight, gain muscle mass, improve your metabolism, etc. a key ingredient is proper relaxation. It is only when your body is a state of calm, can it function effectively, and carry out processes such as the absorption of nutrients, the elimination of toxins, weight loss and muscle building.

How to perform Savasana (corpse pose)

  • On a mat, towel, blanket, lie down on your back
  • prop your head up with a pillow if you are prone to dizziness;
  • prop your feet up on a chair, pillow or bolster if you have lower back discomfort
  • Separate your feet hip-width apart, separate your arms about 30 degrees away from your sides
  • Bring your head to neutral by pointing your nose straight up
  • Relax your inner thighs, letting your feet fall open; relax your hands and wrists, letting your fingers naturally curl towards your palms.
  • Relax your jaw, tongue and forehead. Breathe: take slow even breaths into your lower abdomen; feel it rise as your inhale and lower as you exhale.
  •  Feel the weight and warmth of your body as you settle deeper into the pose.
  • Stay here for 5-15 minutes,
  • Then slowly wiggle your fingers and toes, gently rock your head from side to side or do any other stretches that you like
  • Roll over onto your side and take a couple of breaths
  • When you are ready, very slowly press yourself up to seated with your top hand
I hope you enjoy the effects of this pose.and remember although this pose is often used at the end of a yoga class or fitness class. It is also useful to just use it whenever during your day to help you relax. If your looking for more training articles or exercise tips, read more here!