Savasana comes from the Sanskrit words Shava (शव, Śava) meaning “corpse”, and Asana (आसन, Āsana) meaning “posture”.
After the exertions of a yoga practice, savasana allows the body a chance to regroup and reset itself. After a balanced practice, the entire body will have been stretched, contracted, twisted and inverted. This means that even the deepest muscles will have the opportunity to let go and shed their regular habits, if only for a few minutes.
Lie down on your mat facing up, hands apart, with some distance of your body, palms facing up and relax your whole body.
It has some incredible benefits:
- it helps you to lower blood pressure and heart rate,
- it helps you to reduce with nervous and muscle tension,
- it helps you to reduce metabolic rate and the consumption of oxygen,
- it reduces headaches and relief from fatigue and insomnia
- it reduces anxiety, and increases your energy levels and in general productivity,
- it helps you with concentration and in memory,
- an it helps you with confidence and focus,
Enjoy your savasana!
Pranayama is “control of breath”. Prana is breath or vital energy in the body. Prana represents the pranic energy responsible for life and ayama means control. There is different ways to control the breath, and each of these have a different way to bring energy into the body. Breathwork can deliver powerful mind and body benefits.
Yoga is sanskrit for, “listen”. It is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice which originated in India. There is a broad variety of schools, practices, and goals in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. Among the most well-known types of yoga are Hatha yoga and Rāja yoga.
The origins of yoga have been speculated to date back to pre-Vedic Indian traditions, and most likely developed around the sixth and fifth centuries BC. Yoga gurus from India later introduced yoga to the west. In Indian traditions, yoga is more than physical exercise, it has a meditative and spiritual core around mindfulness.
Practising yoga in India is a special experience. The Backwaters in Kerala, in, ‘God’s own Country,’ provided an inspiring environment for a daily morning practise.