Shavasana is one of the most important postures (asanas) in yoga because it prepares your mind and body for the harder exercises. Before a game, athletes spent half an hour or longer stretching to prevent injuries, same thing applies before practicing yoga. After a yoga practice, it is a good idea to do Shavasana to relax your mind and body for better energy flow.
Below are 10 steps on how to do Shavasana
- Find a comfortable area in your house or outside and lie down on your back. For more comfort use a Yoga mat or a blanket. You might need to use a pillow for comfort.
- Your body should be in a straight line running parallel to the floor with your face looking straight up.
- Place your hand about 5 inches away from your body with your palms up, keep your arms straight and relax.
- Your legs should be about 12-14 inches apart, keep them straight and relax.
- Now visualize a line running from the top of your head down to your feet. Your body should be symmetrical on either side of this line.
- Relax your spine by relaxing each vertebra and let them sink to the floor for support.
- Try to get as comfortable and symmetrical as possible, then relax completely by letting the floor support your weight.
- Now focus on your breathing by concentrating on the tip of your nose. Focus on each breath as it enters and leaves by following it into your throat, lungs and through out your body. Make sure to end the journey back at the tip of your nose.
- Try to fall into a trance, imagine yourself floating in thin air as light as a feather. Imagine yourself observing your body lying on the floor feeling relax, then focus back at your nose while breathing.
- After doing this relaxation posture you should feel very relaxed, just don’t end up falling asleep. Your mind and body should be ready for some yoga exercises.