What is Savasana?
Savasana (Corpse Pose) is an ancient yoga pose that is meant to calm, reinforce, and bring awareness to both the mind and body.
Although Savasana requires very little or no physical activity, many people still seem to find this yoga pose very difficulty to perform. How could this be some might wonder?
Probably because Savasana requires one to simply lay on the back, take deep breaths, and just be....still. However for many people to simply just be still can be quite difficult.
No matter how difficult, people or yogis all over the world will always continue to practice the art of Savasana.
One main reason being is that the Savasana (Corpse Pose) is also known as the yoga pose that can bring the dead back to life!
Not to worry, that simple phrase is not to be taken literally. What it really means is that Savasana is known to zestfully restore as you lay down on your back like a corpse.
Not only that, but according to healthline.com, the Savasana pose can help relax and stabilize an over stressed Nervous System.
What is the Nervous System?
The Nervous System functions as a powerhouse to the mind and body because it composes and operates both the brain and the spinal cord.
The Nervous System and The Stress Response:
When the Nervous System becomes stressed, it can cause a chemical reaction known as the Stress Response. During the Stress Response the body can see a rise in blood pressure and a rapid increase in heartbeat.
Chronic or long term Stress Responses can trigger even more or worst symptoms such as heart disease, digestive problems, and psychological disorders.
In other words chronic or long term stress can slowly breakdown the body, which can cause chronic disease that can eventually lead to death.
The Stress Response is suppose to be the body's mechanism to help the body survive in life-threatening situations.
Unfortunately, many people, including my self can trigger the Stress Response within their body over non life-threatening stressors that they encounter in their everyday lives.
What are Stressors?
Stressors are events or situations that can bring upon stress to one's mind or body.
Some examples of stressors can include: getting up and going to work each morning, running late for work, trying to meet a deadline at school, sitting in traffic, getting cut off by another car while driving, dealing with a difficult boss or co-worker, not being able to pay your bills on time, helping the kids with their homework, closing on a brand new home, planning a party or wedding, or something as simple as grocery shopping.
Although these stressors can impose stress upon one's mind and body, they should not be deemed as life-threatening.
On the other hand there are some stressors that are much more deserving of, and will most likely signal a Stress Response, such as losing a loved one, or being diagnosed with a terminal illness.
How Savasana can help:
By practicing Savasana on a regular basis, you will over the course of time begin to gain more control over your mind and body.
At first it will seem difficult to practice Savasana, as you may find it difficult to simply lay there and just be still...
As you lay there, you may have the urge to move your arms and legs. You might even suddenly get up from your Savasana pose and begin some other task. If you do, don't be discouraged!
With daily practice of Savasana, you will eventually be able to identify those sudden urges to move your body as you lay there still, and simply learn to control them.
With practice, Savasana will teach you to become the ultimate observer of your mind and body.
With continuous reinforcement, you will take notice when your thoughts begin to wonder, and learn to bring them back to the front and center.
The best part is that you will automatically incorporate this special mind power into your everyday life!
So the next time that one person decides to cut you off while you're in traffic, you may simply choose to respond with laughter rather than to become all hot and bothered by it.
When to practice Savasana:
You can practice Savasana during any part of your day! You can wake up to Savasana in the morning time to give yourself a head start for a successful day!
You can plug in the Savasana battery for a quick and simple recharge during your noon-time break! Or you can spend your evenings practicing Savasana as a way to simply calm, renew, rebuild, and reflect!
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