Corpse Pose (Savasana)

Corpse Pose or Savasana (Sanskrit) is one of the most well-known yoga poses because it is the pose of doing nothing at the end of a practice.

It is like a reward after putting in the hard work- you just get to lay there!

It also helps to bridge the yoga practice to meditation as a preparation.

However:

Savasana is more than just a relaxation- it is subtle conscious awareness. This is the place where the physical practice can be released and integrated into the body and mind without effort. The mind doesn’t have to think. It’s like returning to a zero-point or a clean slate. It is the most important part of a yoga practice, and sometimes, the most difficult.

How to Do Corpse Pose: Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1

Lie down on your mat with your feet as wide as the corner edges of your mat and the palms face up down by the hips. Keep some space between the hands and the body. Allow the pinky toes to roll outward so the hips can relax open. Feel open and receptive through the front body, and supported through the back body by the floor underneath you.

Step 2

Close the eyes and relax your jaw. Breathe naturally.

Step 3

Stay here for at least five minutes (traditionally, Savasana is held for five minutes for every half hour of practice).

Corpse Pose Benefits

  • Relieves anxiety and depression
  • Relaxes the entire body
  • Reduces fatigue
  • Combats insomnia
  • Improves focus and concentration