Shava Asana


SHAVA ASANA


Introduction:

        This asana is also called Samrata Asana of all types of asanas. The practice of this asana makes the body and mind free from fatigue and fear. The practice of this asana is done after completing all types of asanas and yogic activities. This asana is also used for taking rest during the practice of other asana.  

  There should be no tension and fear in the mind for practice of this asana. The practice of this asana should be done on a calm, clean and fresh airy place. First, spread a mat or bed sheet on the floor and lie down on the back (on the mat). Technique:

        There should be no tension and fear in the mind for practice of this asana. The practice of this asana should be done on a calm, clean and fresh airy place. First, spread a mat or bed sheet on the floor and lie down on the back (on the mat). Now keep the body straight and leave the body loose and there should be no movement in the body. Place the feet at a distance of 45 to 60 cm. Now keep your hands straight in the sides and palms’ face upward. Close the eyes for next 10 minutes after coming in this position. After 10 minutes, open eyes and stop for some seconds and close eyes again. Repeat this activity for 3-4 times. Breathing activity should be kept normal in this position. Keep the brain and mind free from everything during the practice of this asana and imagine about the good places in the mind and do this asana with joy. You can do other activities with this asana to get more benefits as- after ending the activity of opening and closing the eyes during the practice of this asana, open your eyes and try to look whole body. In this activity, first look your head then legs then right side and left side and close eyes again. Do this activity slowly and repeat it 2-3 times. Now open your mouth completely and fold your tongue inward by which the tip of the tongue may touch to the mouth plate of throat. There after close your mouth. Open your mouth after staying in this position for 10 seconds and bring your tongue in normal position. Thus, repeat this activity for 2-3 times. Now close your eyes and observe your whole body internally by the mind like before and feel that your whole body is taking rest. Now look the parts from the toes of feet to the head slowly without opening eyes in this activity and think that all the body parts are taking rest. When you are sure that your whole body is taking rest, imagine about a beautiful place, mountain and forest, places and try to see your imaginations with the internal eyes viz mind and feel pleasure in it.

        When your mind and body take rest, raise your right hand and keep the palm on the stomach and take deep breath slowly through the nostrils. Thereafter, exhale slowly. Keep the stomach outward and fingers in joining form while taking breath and the while exhaling, pull the stomach inward and keep the fingers separate. This activity should be done for 3-5 minutes continuously. After that, separate your hand from the stomach and put downward. After this asana, take rest for 10-15 minutes by having control over sleeping. This asana provides complete relief to the body and mind.

        Have control on the mind while giving rest to the mind and keep the mind far from external thoughts as sadeness, fear, anger, greed and tension etc.

Meditation:

        Concentrate on the breathing and counting is needful. Try to calm the mind’s thoughts in asana position. The concentration in this asana makes the body light and awakes the internal consciousness.

Benefits:

  • The practice of this asana should be done on empty stomach and after 2-3 hours of taking meals. Practice of this asana can be done after one hour of meals on light stomach. Calm and peaceful environment is needful for the practice of this asana.
  • The practice of this asana provides relief to all body parts and the mind becomes calm and free from all tensions. It ends fatigue, which occurs due to the practice of other asanas, traveling, playing and excessive work. This asana is also helpful in ending insomnia. It ends fear, tension, mourn and provides relief to the mind. The woman, who feels fatigue caused by doing housework, should do the practice of this asana because it is beneficial for them. They can do this asana before going to bed at night.
  • Physical fatigue ends by the practice of this asana. It keeps the brain calm and happy. The persons, who suffer from nervous disorders, blood pressure and neurasthenia, should do this asana because it is very useful to them. This asana also ends fatigue, which occur due to the practice of other asanas and excessive work. The body gets freshness and energy and removes mental tension.
  • This asana is very beneficial in heart problems, asthma and diabetes. There is a calm impact on the nervous system by taking breath with rhythm in this asana. Functions of the body become disturbed if the nervous system is in tension. The whole body gets energy by this asana.