Health Benefits and Procedures of Relaxative Yoga Postures

The poor postures or abnormal conditions of body positions due to asymmetrical factors create too much stress and strain on the spinal muscles. In addition to this many of the mental and emotional conflicts holds the energy in various joints and muscles of the body leading to stiffness.

Relaxative Yoga poses play a prominent role in the restoration of health from such physical and mental disturbances. They are good to develop the quiet state of energy, feelings of refreshing and rejuvenation of mind and body.

Yoga Teacher Training Course curriculum incorporates these practices in the practical session. They are simple to practice yet these poses bring a very sound relaxation for the mind and body. These poses are practiced at the end of the asana session as well as at different stages in between the practice of the different type of asanas as a preparation and relaxing experience. Therapeutically Relaxative yoga poses are also good for prevention and management of various psychosomatic diseases.

There are few poses for bringing such effects, the following three poses are worth to have in your asana program.

1) Shavasana: 

It is a supine pose, Shava means the corpse or dead body, the final position of the posture looks like the dead body, hence its name.


  • Lie down in the Supine position, keeping the feet apart at a distance of 18 inches.
  • Place the arms around 6 cms away from the body.
  • Keep the eyes closed and the body without any movements throughout the practice.
  • Rotate the consciousness through all the parts of the body, while carrying the functions of the visualization, perception and relaxation of each physical center.
  • After entire relaxation slowly return to the normal awareness, gently joining the hands and feet.

Benefits of Shavasana Practice

  • This pose quickly wards of the physical and mental fatigue.
  • It is effective in the stress management as well as in anxiety relief.
  • Improves the body awareness, concentration and attention.
  • Beneficial for sleep disorders like Insomnia.
  • Helpful in the prevention and management of the psychosomatic diseases like hypertension.

2) Makarasana: 

It is prone pose, Makar means crocodile, in the final pose body resembles the shape of the crocodile, hence its name.


  • Take the prone position.
  • Keep the feet apart, toes pointing in the lateral direction.
  • Place the palms one above the other and the head on the palms on either side.
  • Keep the eyes closed.
  • Observe the whole body with the awareness on each meeting points of the body and the floor.

Benefits of Crocodile Pose

  • This is very useful for the various spinal diseases such as Sciatica, slip disc.
  • Helpful for the treatment of the Bronchial asthma.
  • The massaging effect relieves the digestive disorders and stimulates the peristaltic activity.
  • It is helpful to relieve the stress and strain of the mind and body.

3) Matsya Kridasana: 

It is also called as flapping fish pose. This is one of the best practices from the Prenatal Yoga Poses.


  • Take a prone position.
  • Exhaling the bend the right knee and bring it adjacent to the chest region. Inhale
  • Exhaling place the palms interlocked while keeping the right elbow near the bent knee.

Benefits of Matsya Kridasana Practice

  • This is useful for enhancing the peristaltic activity due to the massaging effect to the intestine.
  • Reduces the sciatica pain due to the relief from tension of the leg nerves.
  • This is helpful for pregnant women for the relaxation as the advance condition of pregnancy will not allow the relaxation in supine position.

These poses can be practiced for an extended duration at any time of the day depending upon the suitability of the practitioner. But remember to keep sufficient time gap between the food and practice.