Enjoy National Relaxation Day with Corpse Pose

August 15th is National Relaxation Day.  At first thought, this might seem like a silly day to commemorate, but in fact, most of the Western world needs to spend more time relaxing for their physical and mental health.  purposeful relaxation triggers the parasympathetic nervous system and causes many positive changes including:

  • Decreased blood pressure
  • Decreased pain
  • Improved ability to adapt to stressful situations
  • Decreased heart and respiratory rate
  • Better sleep

Corpse pose or Savasana is a powerful tool for relaxation and is typically found at the end of most yoga practices, but it can also be used on its own.  Although no muscle contractions are required, many beginners struggle with this posture.  I suggest starting with 2-3 minutes and working up to 15 minutes any time you feel overwhelmed.

Corpse Pose Instructions

  • Slowly lay down on your back on top of a yoga mat or a folded blanket.
  • Allow your legs to rotate out and the palms to rotate up.
  • Slowly adjust your body into a comfortable position.  Feel free to use any props desired for comfort.
  • Once in your comfortable position, close your eyes and stay perfectly still.
  • You may focus on either keeping the mind empty, your breathing or pleasant imagery.
  • Continue to stay perfectly still as you hold this posture.  If any adjustments are necessary, move very slowly.
  • Hold for 2-15 minutes.
  • To come out of the pose without losing the peaceful feeling, roll on you your side for a few moments before standing up.

 

 

 

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