VINYASA BLISS - Part-4:
31 DAYS of Physical Fitness, Mental Health, & Emotional Wellness
DAY 22 of #31dayyogachallenge — JANUARY 22nd, 2021
✨ Corpse Pose ✨ (Savasana)
Many people understand the hazards of being in financial debt. But we can also accrue debts to our health by not getting enough sleep.
Getting adequate sleep is a fundamental element of achieving and maintaining good health. Because of the hectic nature of modern life, far too many people do not get enough sleep.
Humans need around eight and one-half hours of sleep every night. However, in England and America, there is a high value placed on working around the clock in order to make money and accomplish desired tasks. The extreme priority that our culture places on economic achievement and recreation leads to the average person only getting about 6 hours of sleep per night.
Occasionally missing an hour or so of sleep is not a serious problem. But when it happens consistently, the body stops functioning at maximum capacity. Proper sleep is essential to healing. Deep sleep stimulates the release of growth hormone from the pituitary glands, which promotes tissue regeneration and repair.
Not getting enough sleep can cause a lack of strength, lead to the loss of physical dexterity, and affect the body's metabolism. The hormones that affect appetite can change. Lack of sleep might force our bodies to begin processing and storing certain nutrients differently. This can trigger weight gain.
Sleep debt can adversely affect emotional mood, mental health, and intellectual capacity. When we do not rest our bodies appropriately, it can be a challenge to learn new information, solve problems, and think coherently.
Prolonged loss of sleep can aggravate stress and depression. Insufficient sleep can also cause neurological issues, and create problems with memory retention.
Even moderate sleep debt can cause serious damage to the human body. Chronic sleep denial can undermine the immune system, leaving the body susceptible to disease and the development of serious health problems. Sleep debt can be a factor in high blood pressure. Risks for heart attack increase dramatically in people who get less than five hours a night of sleep.
Finally, people who get less sleep than they need are more prone to making errors in judgment. Driving a car with little or no sleep is akin to driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
The contemporary attitudes and modern habits that lead to sleep deprivation in our lives are probably not going to change anytime soon. But yoga can help make getting a satisfactory amount of daily sleep easier.
Yoga can help you relax your body during the day and calm the mind when it’s time to sleep. When yoga is practiced consistently, the poses and the breathing exercises can soothe the body and replace stress in the mind.
One pose, in particular, can help you relax enough to release stress, tension, and nervous energy in the body. That pose is savasana.
Unlike the active postures and breathing exercises of yoga, savasana is a pose of relaxation and release. If you are unfamiliar with savasana, or “corpse pose,” it is usually coached at the end of a public class by a yoga instructor.
Many people find savasana to be the most difficult yoga pose. Those who are new to the practice sometimes feel restless in corpse pose. Beginners also have a tendency to fall asleep in savasana.
Sleepiness in the pose is likely caused by exhaustion from the break-neck pace that we all tend to keep in our contemporary daily schedules. Sleepiness can also be a result of the body associating lying down with sleeping. It is an unconscious attempt by the mind to put the body into a state that it is familiar with.
However, savasana is not meant to be sleep. It is very much a yoga pose, akin to meditation. So, ideally - you should not be sleeping while in a corpse pose.
Savasana can be a gateway to better health and increased quality of life by helping you get enough sleep each night.
Savasana (Corpse Pose)
*In savasana, it’s essential that the body be placed in a neutral position.
*This classic posture is super relaxing for both mind and body, relieves stress, and promotes deep and restful sleep.
*To further increase relaxation, you can do a body scan in this pose, bringing awareness to each part of your body from your feet all the way up to your head.
*Stay in corpse pose for 5 minutes for every 30 minutes of practice.