Benefits Of Ageless-Yoga: Improved Relaxation
Welcome to Shavasana ...
Posted by Anne Marie Tovey on 18/11/2020 @ 8:00AM
A yoga class always ends in Shavasana or corpse pose. The main reason for this is to practice systematic relaxation at the end of a session. The body uses all our senses to gather information about our world all of the time ...
Through the practice of Shavasana, both the body and mind benefit from more relaxation!!
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Yoga helps us to bring our awareness to a deeper level, but to achieve this we need to practice relaxing our senses. This is what Shavasana can help us achieve. So, what is Shavasana? It is the posture in which we learn to rest our senses.
"How do we practice Shavasana you may ask?"
A practice ideally should be between 10-15 minutes as it takes the body about 6 minutes for the effects of focused breathing into the lower parts of the lungs to take effect on the parasympathetic nervous system which is the calming, 'rest and digest' state.
Rest the body on the floor, arms slightly away from the body and feet apart
Allow the breath to deepen into the lower parts of the lungs
Feel the movement of the breath in the whole body
Allow the mind to become aware of the breath
Become aware of your own presence
So, what are the benefits of yoga relaxation? In Shavasana the heart is at the same level as the rest of the body which makes its work easier as the gravity is less, allowing the cardiovascular system to rest. The gravitational pull on the muscles and bones is less too.
In yoga, we often refer to the floor as 'Dr Floor' for this very reason, using the gravity of the body on the floor to relax the posture and reduce strain on the spine. Breathing becomes easier as muscles in the ribcage are able to relax. As the breathing deepens, the parasympathetic nervous system is activated, helping to quieten the mind, bringing us to the present moment rather than thinking about the past or the future.
"The breath also helps to cleanse
and nourish the body!"
This requires patient practice and may take some time to fully achieve and feel the benefit. Through the practice of Shavasana, both the body and mind benefit. With it comes a calmer more relaxed state with the added benefit of a better nights rest too.
Until next time ...
ANNE MARIE TOVEY
I offer personalised 1-2-1 yoga classes, a 10-week Yoga4Health Programme commissioned by the NHS
or monthly subscription chair-based yoga classes on Zoom three times a week at 12 noon to 12:30pm
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If anything I've written in this blog post resonates with you and you'd like to discover more about Shavasana, relaxation or yoga in general, do call me on 07768 314962, leave a comment below or click the Messenger icon in the bottom right of your browser to chat.
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About Anne Marie Tovey ...
Anne Marie completed an 18-month yoga teacher training through Yoga Campus in London in February 2020 to share the magical benefits of yoga with others.
She also recently completed a PTSD and Yoga4Health certifications through The Minded Institute to help people dealing with trauma and those who want to start a healthier lifestyle through yoga.
Helping business owners to create a supportive working environment that will have a positive impact on their business. The benefits, that flow from the holistic and systemic approach from yoga, will have a rippling effect on the health of all employees, their families, their communities and all stakeholders from the bottom up and equally from the top down.
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