Savasana is a relaxing yoga asana, or you can consider it as a sleeping mediation pose, but sleeping is not allowed during the whole process. The name Savasana is a Sanskrit term, in which the Sava means Corpse; Asana means Pose. In English, is known as Corpse Pose. It’s pronounced as shah-VAHS-anna.
As the name suggests, in Savasana you have to lie down on the floor without any movement just like a corpse. It is mostly used at the end of the yoga session as a means of relaxation and integration.
Practicing this yoga asana may sound very simple but it is not. As you know, our body is habitual to move or doing something every time, which makes it a little challenging to do. Savasana not only relaxes your body but also calms your brain activities and helps relieve stress and mild depression.
It brings your blood pressure to the normal level and helps you to get rid of many diseases related to blood pressure.
Savasana helps you to get into a deep meditative state.
Benefits of Savasana (Corpse Pose)
- It provides all benefits of meditation and also gives time for the yoga workout to sink in at a deeper level.
- Calms your mind and helps relieve mild depression and stress.
- Helps to balance your blood pressure.
- It relaxes your body.
- Reduces headache, anxiety, fatigue, and insomnia.
- Also helps to rejuvenate the tissues and cells of your body.
- Expand your awareness.
- It increases energy and productivity.
Steps of Savasana (Corpse Pose)
- First, lie down on your back. Use a small pillow or towel below your neck if required.
- Now, keep your legs slightly apart from each other. Ensure that toes are facing to the sides, and let your feet and knees relax completely.
- Spread your hands apart from your body (about 45 degrees) and leave your palms open, facing upward.
- Now, gently close your eyes and focus on your breath. Breathe in deeply and breathe out slowly.
- As you breathe out, start relaxing your body parts one by one. Start with your feet, then calves, knees, thighs, and so on. Or, you can do the opposite of it, start from the top of your head, forehead, eyes, and so on. Do it as per your comfort.
- Allow your whole body to become relax and heavy.
- Scan your whole body. If you find any kind of contraction, tension, or tightness in the muscles. Try to release and relax those muscles of that area consciously.
- Relax and surrender your whole body more and more. Ensure that you don’t fall asleep.
- Stay in this position for 10-20 min.
- When you want to release this pose, breathe in deeply, and wiggle your fingers and toes. Gently open your eyes and sit in Sukhasana for a minute.
Precaution and Tips
The following points of caution you should know before performing this asana.
- This asana doesn’t have any contradictions. It is the safest yoga asana. Just make sure that you don’t fall asleep.
- It is not good to do savasana after your meal. There is a huge chance that you may fall asleep.
- Perform each and every step gently and consciously.
- Bend your knees if you have a back injury or discomfort.
- Pregnant women should consult with a doctor before doing this asana.
- It will be best if you practice yoga under the guidance of an expert.