People who preach the adage "take a deep breath and relax" are on to something. Many yoga poses help you relax and feel your body. Certified yoga teacher Zach Biegun says that final relaxation pose, called Savasana (pronounced "sha-vah-suh-nuh") is "perhaps the most important yoga pose. The point of Savasana, also known as Corpse pose, is to relax. It's the few minutes at the end of a physical practice where you just [lie] down and, rather than thinking, spend time feeling."
Relaxation pose isn't just simply lying down, though.
- Lie on the floor, using a pillow to support your head.
- You may want to cover yourself with a blanket to keep from feeling cold.
- Keep your feet about a foot (0.3 meter) apart and relax them.
- Your arms should be by your sides, with palms facing up.
- Keep your shoulders down and point your shoulder blades toward your spine. (If this position is uncomfortable for your back, slide a blanket underneath your knees or bend your knees until you feel comfortable.)
- Inhale and exhale slowly and deeply, focusing on your breath as you fully relax each part of your body.
- Once you're completely relaxed, rest in total relaxation as long as you'd like.
Now that you're fully relaxed, you'll probably find you have more energy to enjoy your golden years.
For more yoga exercises for seniors, take a deep breath and move on to the next page.
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