The Corpse Pose or Savasana may look like a simple relaxing pose that is done in between or after an Asana, but this exercise requires a lot of concentration and will develop through continued practice.

Even relaxation can bring out the best in yous — but make sure you do it properly. The Corpse Pose or Savasana may look like a simple relaxing pose that is done in between or after an Asana, but this exercise requires a lot of concentration and will develop through continued practice. This exercise, if done correctly, will stimulate blood circulation and will lessen or relieve fatigue, nervousness, asthma, constipation, diabetes, indigestion, and insomnia. It will also improve one’s mental concentration. 

How to Do:
^ Rotate your legs in and out, and then let them fall gently out to the sides.
^ Let your arms fall alongside your body, slightly separated from the body, palms facing
   upwards.
^ Rotate the spine by turning your head from side to side to center it.
^ Then start stretching yourself out, as though someone is pulling your head away from your
   feet, your shoulders down and away from your neck, your legs down and away from 
   your pelvis.
^ Breathe deeply and slowly from your abdomen.
^ Hold the pose for several minutes. Make your mind still and concentrate on your breath 
   or the body.
^ After doing the pose, bend your knees. Using your legs, push yourself onto one side.
^ Push yourself in a sitting position.

Benefits:
^ Returns cardiovascular circulation to normal
^ Slows the heart rate and reduces blood pressure
^ Teaches complete relaxation by stilling and focusing the mind
^ Facillitates powerful blood flow throughout the body
^ Magnifies the benefits of the posture before it
^ Allows for internal cleansing
^ Relaxes central nervous system/calms mind
^ Helps relieve stress
^ Decreases beta brain waves and shifts to slower brain waves which helps reduce insomnia 
   and improve sleep
^ Reduces headache and fatigue
^ Helps relieve depression
^ Improves the absorption of nutrients

No Yoga Session is complete without the Corpse Pose. It is the body’s time to process information after a Yoga Exercise, and it is a must that you stay awake during the five to ten minute-duration of this pose. 

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Prof: Koti Madhav Balu Chowdary

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