Yoga

Corpse Pose (Savasana)

Corpse Pose Savasana (Shuh-VAH-SUN-aa) — is a restorative posture that provides deep rest and relaxation for the body and mind. This pose gets its name from the recumbent posture of a dead body. Savasana is usually practiced towards the end of a session. It gets its name from the Sanskrit words, Sava, meaning corpse, and asana, meaning pose.

Level of Difficulty: Beginner

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Lie flat on your back, preferably without any props or cushions. You can use a small pillow below your neck if required. Close your eyes.

  2. Keep your legs spread comfortably apart and let your feet and knees relax completely.

  3. Place your arms alongside your body. Open your palms to face the sky.

  4. Take your attention to different body parts one by one, slowly relaxing your entire body.

  5. Bring your awareness to your right foot, move up to your right knee (as you complete one leg, move your attention on to the other leg), and so on, and slowly move your attention upwards to your head, relaxing each part of the body.

  6. Breathe slowly and deeply. Simply be with the body and the breath. Surrender your whole body to the floor and let go.

  7. After some time (at least 5-10 minutes is recommended), keeping your eyes closed, slowly roll onto your right side. Lie in fetal position for a few moments before using the support of your right hand to gently sit up in a seated pose.

  8. Keep your eyes closed and take a few deep breaths in and out as you gradually become aware of your environment and body. When you feel complete, slowly and gently open your eyes.

Benefits

  • Provides a deep, meditative rest, allowing for the repair of tissues and cells
  • Allows time for the yoga workout to sink in at a cellular level
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Reduces anxiety
  • Alleviates insomnia
  • Balances the Vata dosha (air element)

Precautions

  • None (unless your doctor has advised to you avoid lying on your back)

Modifications and Variations

  • To Modify: If you experience lower back discomfort, place a bolster or pillow below your knees.

Preparatory Poses and Follow up Poses

  • Savasana should be the final posture in your yoga practice

While a regular yoga practice can result in improved health, know that it is not a substitute for medical treatment. It is important to learn and practice yoga under the supervision of a trained teacher. In the case of a medical condition, practice yoga after consulting a doctor. Do you need information on courses? Contact us at programs@us.artofliving.org to find a a Sri Sri Yoga course at an Art of Living Center near you.

 

 
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