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.

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