Corpse Pose (Savasana)

Corpse Pose or Savasana
  • The Corpse pose is also known as Savasana or Shavasana in Sanskrit.
  • The Savasana is pronounced as Shuh-Vah-Sana.
  • As Sav stands for Corpse and Asana stands for the pose.
  • It is also known as the yoga pose for the beginner level, and another name for it is the final relaxation pose.
  • The yoga session is incomplete without a Savasana pose.
  • People get confused about this pose as a sleeping pose.
  • But let me help with you this –
  • Though it may seem like a sleeping pose, it is a relaxation pose.
  • Relaxation poses as in you need to aware of the present moment while you are in the pose for about five to ten minutes.

How to do Corpse Pose Yoga

  • You need to lie on your flat back on your yoga mat.
  • If you feel like you need any support, you can use a small pillow under your neck for support.
  • Now slowly close your eyes.
  • Your legs should be straight so that your knees and feet are in a completely relaxed position.
  • You need to keep your arms beside your body, and your palm should be facing an upward direction.
  • Now put the body pressure on your shoulder blades but in less intensity as compared to Bridge Pose.
  • You need to relax your whole body in such a way that you should feel heavy.
  • You need to bring awareness to the body as you can start from left foot to left leg and then slowly move on to another portion.
  • Thus, you should be aware that your whole body is comfortable and feels the present moment.
  • If you are practicing the corpse pose, you can set the alarm for yourself.
  • You need to practice the Savasana for a minimum of five minutes and a maximum of ten minutes.
  • Finally, you can come out of this position by taking deep breaths and wiggle your hands and toes in slow movement.
  • Now, slowly roll your body on the right side and, with the help of your right hand, you can sit up in the Sukhasana pose.
  • You have to close your eyes and take slow deep breaths and gently open your eyes.

Benefits of Savasana or Shavasana

  • As the posture provides meditative rest, it can repair the cells and tissues of your body.
  • Reduce stress.
  • Provide rejuvenation to your mind as well as body.
  • It helps to reduce anxiety, insomnia, and blood pressure.
  • Reduce muscle tension.
  • Reduce metabolic rate.
  • Also, it helps to quiet your mind.
  • Moreover, you can get restful sleep.

Contraindications of Savasana or Shavasana

  • Back Injury
  • Shoulder Injury

Follow-Up Poses

  • There are no exceptional follow-up poses for Savasana – Corpse pose, but if you want to take it to the next level, start chanting Gayatri Mantra.
  • You can increase the count to 21 times of chants at an initial level, then slowly to 51 times of chants, and finally, to 108 times of chants.
  • This pose will boost your body’s energy levels but make sure not to do this practice under an air conditioner room.

FAQ

1. How much time is necessary for Savasana?

You can do Savasana maximum of up to 30 minutes. Close your eyes and lie on your back. Take deep breaths – inhale and exhale. 

2. Is Savasana safe during pregnancy?

Savasana should be avoided by pregnant women as it considers deep inhaling and exhaling.

3. Should kids do savasana?

Savasana is safe for children, and the benefits the kids could get from doing savasana are stronger memory, enhanced concentration, increased self-confidence, and flexibility of the body.

4. What is the mantra chanted before performing Omkara and Savasana?

OM is the mantra that is being chanted before and after performing any yoga. Also, the OM is considered a traditional mantra as the roots are connected with Hinduism. Moreover, when you pronounce it correctly, it will sound like “AUM.”

5. Is Savasana(snail pose and shalabhasana) the same?

Savasana is totally different from the snail pose and shalabhasana. Snail pose is the variant of Plow Pose (Halasana), and shalabhasana is also known as the Locust Pose. 

6. Difference between sasangasana and savasana?

Sasangasana (Rabbit Pose) is where you need to stretch your arms, spine, and shoulders as a forward bending pose. And Savasana (Corpse Pose) is where you lie on your back and take deep inhales and exhales.

7. Is savasana preferred for back pain?

Yes, Savasana is preferred for back pain and is mainly done at the end of a yoga session. 
But if you are going through back pain, you must avoid Savasana as the pressure comes on your back. 

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