Shavasana—Relaxation Pose

December 9, 2008 by  
Filed under Yoga Poses

General Guidelines: An open mind, empty stomach, and bare feet are recommended. Do not strain or force any movements.

Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. Pay special attention to breath and body alignment. Hold each pose for a minimum of five inhalations/exhalations (about half a minute).

  1. Lie on your back, heels together, toes apart, arms at your side with the palms facing up. Arms should be in a slight “A-Frame” position with the shoulders rolling back into the ground.
  2. Keep the eyes closed, sinking them deep into their sockets.
  3. Relax all the facial muscles.
  4. Breathe deeply, allowing the belly to “go fat,” lifting it with every inhalation—lowering it with every exhalation.
  5. Use this time to connect within yourself. Thank your body for allowing you this chance to use it in the practice of yoga. Connect with yourself.
  6. Think ONLY of the present moment, practice a hand gesture or “mudra” with the thumb and first finger of each hand touching—relax all the other fingers.
  7. When through, roll to your side into the fetal position and rest for a few minutes before getting up.


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