Shava Asana means the posture of a dead body. Also called 'Yoga Nidra' or Yogic method of sleep. It is one of the most valued and highly desired asanas of the yoga system. This asana necessitates the relaxed condition of both the body and the mind.
Bring the head back to the centre and focus the mind on the breath.
How to do :
Lie flat on your back with your eyes closed. Keep the whole body loose and the palms on the floor or upward. Breathe normally.
For the Mouth & Tongue :
Open the mouth widely without straining. Fold the tongue towards the
throat area. Close the mouth with the tongue in the folded position and
retain for 10 seconds. Then open the mouth and bring the tongue back to the
normal position. Close the mouth and repeat 2 or 3 times.
Now focus the mind on the breath. Keep your right palm loosely on the stomach. Exhale and inhale slowly taking in as much air as you can. Continue for about 3 to 5 minutes. When you inhale there should be expansion of abdominal muscles i.e. the stomach should rise upward and when you exhale there should be contraction of the abdominal muscles i.e. the stomach should come down towards the spine. In other words, the breathing should have a rhythm.
Beneficial for insomnia (lack of sleep), for feeling fresh after a tiring day. This asana gives rest and relaxation for the whole body and mind.