Shavasana (Relaxation or Corpse pose)

Shavasana (Relaxation or Corpse pose)
Lying on back side with the face towards sky, arms at the sides with the legs passively extended to their full length. With the palsied sinking feeling (from toe to head) as it is experienced during an early stage of collapse or the basal anesthesia keep motionless like a corpse and relax gradually every muscle of your body. It can be done partially or generally as it is conveniently. Stayput, close eyes as in peaceful slumber with normal breathing. Do this for 15 minutes minimum.
(A). In the case of partial relaxation, conscious attention is withdrawn by stages:
--From the sixteen vital zones of the body.
--Movements of bio-energy and concentration of the sensitive zones, nervous stimuli, by paying attention to each part separately and gradually by absolute resignation of will and complete detachment from all conscious activities in the following sequences:-
(1) The tip of the toes and other toes, soles, heels (2) The ankles (3) The knees (4) The thighs simultaneously with the arms (5) The anus (6) The genital organs (7) The navel (8) The stomach (9) The heart (10) The neck (11) The lips (12) The tip of the nose (13) The eyes (14) The space between the eyebrows (15) The forehead and (16) The brain .
(B). Forget the consciousness of the physical body watching the movements of breath until at last the mind synchronizes with a hazy sense. The successful coordination with deep diaphragmatic breathing in the early stages enhances the sedative effects of relaxation on the nervous and muscular system. Maintain this pose for not less than fifteen minutes.
Among the various physiologic benefits, this pose improves the action of the heart, nervous and muscular systems. It causes rapid fall in the blood pressure and the pulse rate. It establishes evenness of the respiratory activities and reduces strain on the heart. Shavasana increases the tendency to sleep if it is followed by Paschimottanasana. According to Gorakshanatha and other yogis, this posture destroys fatigue and quiets the agitation of the mind.