Depending upon one’s dexterity, there are many yoga postures which are considered to be beyond our current physical capacity like the sitting position of Full Lotus or the flexibility and strength required in the yogic posture of Pincha Mayurasana - Forearm Stand.

Aside from yoga, if I asked you where you experienced your current greatest life challenge you might respond, “Getting everything accomplished!”, “Finding time to relax” “Getting to sleep” “Setting goals and following through” “Handling all of my varied responsibilities”.

For those of us who aren’t suffering from insomnia, we may remember how to sleep but many have lost the art of how to truly rest and replenish.

For some, it takes great effort to resist turning on the television, and, once it’s spiraling on it can become even harder to turn off. We are often mesmerized by its constant promises of entertainment as time drains away from other more nourishing pursuits.

In this day and age of over-exertion, over-extension, a coffee store on every corner and media over-stimulation, relaxation has been pushed aside. Replaced by activity and consumed by the effort, we think ourselves lazy if we aren’t busy. Our authenticity often becomes lost in forward moving, frenetic activity just for movement’s sake.

We are a highly adaptive species: what was once “normal” in life morphs and evolves over time becoming our new standard and sometimes we can forget what life was like before our new habits took hold. Wisdom is often lost if we don’t pause to notice our current state of being.

Initially our most difficult yoga posture to experience is Shavasana – the mental and physical equivalent of deep relaxation.

Shavasana, the corpse pose, is the least physically challenging posture in the spectrum of yoga positions because we don’t have to do anything with our bodies other than sink deep into our being.

In Shavasana the mind quiets down; the body leans into itself and the internal organs begin to unwind. When comfortable in this pose, breathing slows and stress begins to evaporate. The body’s natural healing powers rise as we surrender to a higher wisdom.

Students who practice Shavasana over time begin to relish the cumulative benefits of this restorative and rejuvenative posture. As their minds become calmer, it is easier to meditate and many notice that fewer mistakes are being made throughout their work day. People feel better. Their sleep is richer. The capacity for kindness expands. It becomes easier to make decisions, and we feel more connected to God.

The Corpse pose can be mentally challenging though – the mind can trick us into thinking we should be doing something because striving is what the psyche knows.

According to the Mayo Clinic, if we are experiencing a great deal of stress in our lives, it is imperative to find the time every day for relaxation and just a few minutes a day isn’t enough to provide the stress reducing benefits of deep relaxation. Fifteen minutes a day is best – rest at the core level for optimal health.

In a pinch, daydreaming can also be used as a relaxation technique; however, with daydreaming, the mind is still engaged, whereas in Shavasana, the mind is quiet.

As a precursor to meditation, deep relaxation also provides a relief from headaches, reduced body pain, improved concentration, emotional stabilizing, elimination of insomnia, lowering of blood pressure, reduced fatigue, and improved bowl function, reconnection to your source and less depression and anxiety. The quality of observing without judging is also developed.

How often do you daydream? When do you truly and deeply relax? The Mayo Clinic recommends a daily practice of deep relaxation. Yogi’s do too. If you can offset your daily relaxation practice with a gradual and regular series of at first 30, then 60 and finally 90 minute Shavasana classes, you will enjoy the peace and sustainability of this miraculous yoga posture.

Turn down your mind and begin to turn up the quiet with Shavasana – The Corpse Pose.

Author's Bio: 

Stacy Kamala Waltman brings a well-rounded blend of experience and personal development skills to her coaching practice. Bridging the spiritual world with the professional arena, Stacy Kamala draws from a rich and varied background to enhance her client's personal, spiritual and professional life.

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