A lot of people tell me they are way too stressed out. Whether it be workers stuck in cubicles for long hours, or people dealing with personal affairs that take a toll on their physical and mental well-being, I think one Asana (posture) can help everyone relax a little.
I typically practice Savasana (Corpse Pose) for about 3-5 minutes at the end of my daily Yoga Practice. It feels so nice and it helps when you have a nice song to listen to. My go-to song is Krishna Das' Baba Hanuman. Okay, so it's closer to 7 minutes, but hey, you can always fast-forward.
To get all the benefits of Savasana, it's important that you really relax your entire body. As you can see in the picture below, there's a slight difference between being tense and being relaxed:
Lay on your back, spread your legs and your arms. Face your palms up towards the ceiling, relax your toes, close your eyes and just breathe. Breathe deeply and naturally. Relax. Think of really soothing thoughts. Begin relaxing your toes, the soles of your feet, your ankles. Allow the relaxation to move up your legs, your knees, your thighs, into your pelvic area, your stomach, chest and shoulders. Relax. Spread the relaxation down your arms, your wrists, your hands. Allow the relaxation to spread through your palms, your fingers, all the way down your finger-tips, back up your arms, moving all through your neck and into the crown of your head.
Relax. Just breathe. Just be.