Why you can not miss shavasana in yoga practice

In total, there are 8,400,000 asanas in yoga. Among them, shavasana is among the 15 most important. Why is it so necessary, says Sunil Dahiya, a leading teacher of hatha yoga at the Kerala Ayurveda and Yoga Center in Moscow.

Why you can not miss shavasana in yoga practice

Sunil Dahiya

- Yoga is aimed at finding a balance between man and nature, heat and cold, sun and moon, negative and positive currents, north and south magnetic poles, day and night, rest and work. Shavasana, combined with other postures, creates a balance between energy exercises and relaxation.

Shavasana and meditation balance superconsciousness and lethargy. And most importantly - shavasana works as an electrical resistance to avoid a "short circuit" with unsuccessful combinations.

Increased anxiety and insomnia are the most common problems for those who do not practice shavasana. Other undesirable effects are related to what exactly the person is doing. In any case, shavasana should not be missed.

Why you can not miss shavasana in yoga practice

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During asanas, the body generates heat and energy, sweat glands are activated, blood flow improves. Shavasana allows the body to adapt, calms it and brings the physical condition to normal. This is necessary to prevent the loss of heat and energy.

Before performing inverted poses, such as shirshasans (headstand), shavasana is necessary to normalize the pressure and avoid possible damage.

After such asanas such as chakrasana (wheel), scorpion, padmabakasana, vrikshasana, shavasana relieves fatigue - this helps to perform the following asanas without fatigue.

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By practicing meditation, one can develop such willpower that every thought or desire that comes to mind will be realized. It is like a manifestation of desires. It is good when it happens of its own free will and in a calm mind.

However, if thoughts caused by anger, envy, hatred or disappointment are manifested, a catastrophe can happen. Therefore, all meditative techniques begin with relaxing the body and calming the mind. Shavasana is the best tool for this.

For both physical and mental, emotional and intellectual training, adaptation and adjustment are considered the basis. During meditation, the practitioner reaches a new level of awareness and can enjoy the situation, environment, conditions that from the point of view of common sense can not be called pleasant.

After finishing the meditation, you need to lie in shavasana for several minutes. Otherwise, a sharp change in the meditative state to the perception of the real world can cause a mental shock, which can imperceptibly, but seriously harm at the spiritual, energy and emotional levels.

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The purpose of pranayama (control of prana, vital energy, through breathing exercises. - Comment ed.

) - convert maximum energy in pranic energy (as a combination of magnetism, electricity, light, emotions and wisdom). And also increase the level of this energy in the body and transfer it to a concentrated form in order to unlock nadi (energy channels), awaken the kundalini (energy concentrated at the base of the spine. - Ed. ), lift it from muladhara (lower back) to the crown (crown of the head).

A practitioner of pranayama activates, strengthens, transforms forms of energy and redirects it.

This concentrated energy, if controlled, can be used productively. When she gets out of control, it can cause great harm. Therefore, the following precautions and conditions must be observed:

  • do not practice pranayama when you are very tired or in a hurry (shavasana is necessary);
  • calm the mind and emotions before starting pranayama (it is recommended to do shavasana) ;
  • to sit on a seat or pillow that does not conduct heat, electricity and magnetic fields to prevent pranic energy from leaking into the ground;
  • to sit stably and firmly in a pose with a vertically straight back.

After pranayama, you need to relax a bit and then do savasana - to give activated energy the opportunity to act, carry out the adaptation procedure . Shavasana calms energy after recharging and balances the body.

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There are several variations of shavasana. The lying position on the back is called shavasana, on the stomach - makarasana, on the side - balasana (baby pose), sitting leaning forward - shashankasana (rabbit pose or baby pose). Sometimes relatively relaxed postures (especially counter-poses for compensation) are also used instead of shavasana.

Smooth transitions to shavasana can be built only by an experienced yoga teacher or yoga therapist, ideally - a bearer of the tradition of yoga.

This is best done in individual lessons, when all the attention of the master will be directed to only one person. There are such experts in Moscow - they work in one of the oldest centers of Ayurveda and Yoga "Kerala".



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