Shavasana or relaxed supine stithi
This is performed by resting on the back, with legs & hands starched away from the body. Gently closing eyes & relaxing the mind.
This is the complete relaxation posture. This asana offers relaxation to every part of the body. Every yoga session would always end with lying down in this position. After achieving this position, yoga teacher would make one feel relaxed by mentally bringing the awareness of the mind to every part of the body & relaxing them. There will be a guided 5 to 10 min relaxation session. This helps to relax the body & tranquilize the mind.
It is important to turn towards the right hand side before getting up from relaxation position (one will be guided to do so). Some Yoga classes also offer salutation mantra before the closure of the session.
There are many reasons behind turning to right before getting up from Shavasana, we could also recall the time when we were often told to turn right before getting up from bed. Some points according to our ancestors, Ayurveda & yoga are listed below
- When our body remains static for long time, latent energy gets deposited in the body & when turned left may put pressure on the heart which is placed at the left side of the body. Some time it may cause malfunction or any other problem to our important organ, hence we always turn right before getting up.
- Our right nostril is linked with the Surya Nadi (sun current) & left with Chandra Nadi (Moon Current). The word nadi in Sanskrit means channel, here it is referred to as energy channel. Ideally, the right nostril should be predominant during the daytime aiding in physical work, digestion, etc. Hence getting up from right-side stimulates our right nostril & help in activating surya nadi.
- As we already know that, Humans right brain is linked to emotion, creativity, intuition etc., getting up from right-side stimulates right part of the brain. This helps in keeping our emotion under check & also aids in keeping oneself relaxed & peaceful.
Shanthi Mantra – 1
Yoga sessions are ended by chanting Shanthi mantras.
“Om purna mada purna midam Purnaat purnam udachyate |
Purnasya purnam adaaya Purnam eva vasishyate ||
Om shantihi shantihi shantihi”
This means: “Creator is perfect, His Creation is perfect too; From the Creator, the Creation arises; Taking away the Creation from the Creator, The Creator still remains perfect”
Shanthi Mantra – 2
Om Saha Naav[au]-Avatu |
Saha Nau Bhunaktu |
Saha Viiryam Karavaavahai |
Tejasvi Naav[au]-Adhiitam-Astu Maa Vidvissaavahai |
Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih ||
Enjoy your Yoga sessions and lead a healthy Life!