Shavasana: the posture to end a yoga session

The Shavasana (savasana) which literally means 'the posture of the corpse' is an essential asana in yoga since it ends the session. The shavasana allows a real letting go. The explanations of Annsonia Baudelot, yoga teacher at the Modo Yoga studio in Paris.

  Shavasana: the posture to end a yoga session

What is Shavasana?

Each session of yoga ends with a moment of relaxation which is done through the shavasana pose (in Sanskrit), also called corpse pose . The name may surprise, but has a tantric meaning. This asana makes it possible to receive the pulsation of life, even if it is practiced motionless. ' It's total body relaxation. ', explained Annsonia Baudelot. ' In the practice of yoga, there are 8 pillars. The 8th is samadhi, the let go . One is aware of one's body while being in a feeling of ecstasy. The posture of the shavanasa allows this meditative state . '

How to do the shavasana posture correctly?

It is a simple posture because just lie down with your back on the ground, legs and arms apart, palms facing the sky and eyes closed. It is this immobility, sometimes difficult to find, that will allow deep relaxation. You also have to be able to clear your head and drive away thoughts in order to let your body sink gently into the ground.

' There is no effort of the body, no venous work, nor stimulation of blood circulation “, adds the yoga teacher. Before arriving in shavasana, the teacher recommends going through a 4 count breathing technique , while already lying with your back on the ground: you inhale on 4, you hold your breath on 4 and you exhale on 4. 'It allows you to come back to a slower heart rate, to gently enter the posture of shavasana and to be able to take all the benefits of this asana. . The shavasana should be comfortable. If we have a tight lower back, we can place a bolster or a block under the thighs to relieve the lower back 'To be able to dive further into this meditative state, it is also possible' to cover your eyes to land even more .' Once the comfortable position is found, ' we do a scan of the body, relaxing muscle after muscle. We loosen the jaw, we visualize that we release the hairline…. That's a lot of visualizations to get into this posture. It is a state of relaxation in full consciousness to allow a real letting go .'

What are the benefits of this pose?

' We spend at least 5 minutes in this posture at the end of the practice. It is a place where one recharges the body and where one takes all the benefits of the course ', points out Annsonia Baudelot. This posture, beyond relaxation and letting go, also reduces blood pressure thanks to the lying position. ' It also promotes muscle and nerve relaxation. .' It is therefore an essential posture in the practice of yoga, because it represents a total abandonment of body and mind and allows you to empty yourself of your thoughts and leave the yoga session peaceful. It also improves concentration, allows you to become aware of your body and to learn to live in full consciousness, anchored in the present moment.

What precautions should be taken ?

No precautions required for this posture , accessible to everyone. ' On the other hand, you can double the mat if you have spinal problems. You can also cover the body with a warm and thick blanket to promote even more relaxation. “, concludes the yoga teacher.

thanks to Annsonia Baudelot , Yoga teacher at Yoga Mode Paris Source