Shavasana – Yoga for relaxation

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Shavasana – Yoga for relaxation

Have you ever observed the breathing pattern of an infant who is lying flat with its back on the bed? How slowly she breathes and how effortlessly the abdomen moves up and down. Watch the upward and downward movement of the abdomen. Children get lined up to this breathing pattern, when they are born. But, due to stress and drain in life, we develop abnormalities. ‘Shavasana’ is meant to set right your breathing problems.

The term Shavasana is taken from the Sanskrit words, which means the corpse posture. This is usually practiced at the beginning and at the end of the yoga practice session. This is also practiced as a resting pose between the yoga asanas.

Uses: Relieves from stress, helps get relieved from exasperation & to make you feel fresh.

When to practice: It can be practiced at the beginning and end of any yoga workout. But you should have a gap of 2.5 hours between your food time and practicing this aasana.

Who can practice this? People from all age groups can follow this.   The main use of this posture is to relax the mind and enhance the flow of energy in the body.

How to do Shavasana?

Step 1: Lie down on your back. Let your legs be 2 or 3 feet apart.1

Step 2: Relax every muscles in your body.

Step 3: Take a deep breath slowly and then breathe out slowly. Repeat this for 5 times.

Step 4: Now breathe normally. Keep a watch over it. It can be up to 5 breathing.


Step 5: Now slowly move to attention to very parts of your body. Start from your feet. Then move your attention to your knee. After that, move your attention to your thighs, then move to your buttocks, next the hip, lower back, abdomen, upper back, chest, hands, shoulders, neck, ears, throat, jaw, eyes, facial muscles and finally the scalps.

  • Note: When you move your attention mention in your mind that – “My feet is relaxed, my abdomen is relaxed, my eyes are relaxed, similarly for all parts of the body.

Step 6: After you are done with all the parts of your body, mention in your mind that – “My whole body is relaxed.”

Step 7: Now imagine that you are lying on a splendid scenic spot surrounded by nature’s goodness and beautiful blue skies. Visualize this picture in your mind. You will feel recharged and full of energy. You will feel good.

  • Note: if you sleep in between, take a nap for few minutes.


Step 8: Move your toes slowly and stretch your arms behind you. Stretch your whole body.

Step 9: Lie on to the left side and take 3 deep breaths.

Step 10: Now come to a sitting position.

After you do this, you will feel rejuvenated. Look forward to a day filled with goodness and cheer!

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    He started his journey in yoga on Jan-14-1997. Initially, he collected articles about yoga from newspapers and worked them out with the help & guidance of many yoga more

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