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The deceptively simple Savasana pose offers amazing benefits for your mental and physical health. Whether you're a beginner or have been practicing yoga for years, you'll want to include Savasana in your daily yoga routine.
What is Savasana?
Savasana, also known as the "corpse" pose, is often the final pose in a yoga session. The pose is performed by lying on your back with your hands at your side. As you breathe in and out, you'll relax your muscles and banish worries and responsibilities from your mind. Although Savasana sounds like a basic pose, letting go of your mental to-do list and focusing only on the present can be very difficult, particularly if your life is a little hectic. Relaxation is the goal, but you don't want to become so relaxed that you fall asleep.
How Can Savasana Help Me?
Stress reduction may be one of the most important benefits of the corpse pose. Stress is linked to a number of diseases and conditions ranging from high blood pressure to autoimmune disorders to irritable bowel syndrome. Savasana helps you clear your mind and reduces the effects of the "fight or flight" response.
The response energizes your body and produces extra adrenaline, a hormone that provides a surge of energy to help you escape dangerous situations or muster the strength to tackle them.
If you're chronically stressed, your body continually operates in fight or flight mode. Over time, the response can lead to upset stomachs, diarrhea, abdominal pain, irritability, anxiety, and depression. Savasana offers a natural way to turn off the response and lower your stress level. It also helps you relax after a vigorous yoga session and restore balance to your body and mind.
Other benefits of Savasana include:
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Mindbodygreen: 5 Life-Affirming Benefits of Corpse Pose
Healthline: The Science of Savasana: How Rest Can Benefit Any Kind of Workout
Yoga Journal: The Subtle Struggle of Savasana, 12/14/13
International Journal of Yoga: Exploring the Therapeutic Effects of Yoga and Its Ability to Increase Quality of Life