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Savasana
(Corpse Pose)

Savasana pose

How to perform Corpse Pose

Lie down on the floor. Spread your arms and legs slightly at your side. Relax and concentrate on your breath.

What is Savasana?

Savasana can be translated into English as Corpse Pose. This is because of how still your body is when you’re in this pose. Your arms are spread slightly at your side and your feet are positioned slightly more than hip-distance apart.

Lying down with your eyes soft and closed, your focus shifts to the motion of your breath as it moves in and out of the body, washing away all the fatigue and helping you appreciate the benefits of the practice. This pose also teaches the practitioner to be comfortable with complete stillness, which is a rare habit in this fast-paced world we live in.

When to use Savasana?

Being arguably the most restorative posture, Savasana always comes at the end of the practice. Depending on the length of the sequence, the amount of time you will need to recuperate will differ. Generally, you will stay in this position for anywhere between 5 to 15 minutes. It can also be used alone, as a form of supine meditation.

It helps you reconnect to your breath and experience a sense of deep gratitude for the sequence you have just completed.

Finishing your practice this way allows you to get in touch with the more spiritual side of the practice, helps balance the physical and mental aspects of the yoga experience. Moreover, taking time to lie down motionless and focus on nothing but your breath can be a great way of noticing any tight spots that you might be holding on to and gives you a chance to let go completely before transitioning out of the practice.

Video sequences that include this pose