Verse 32 of the first chapter of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika states: ‘Lying upon one’s back on the ground at the full length like a corpse is called Savasana. This removes the fatigue caused by the other yoga poses and induces calmness of mind’. ‘Sava’ means a corpse. In this yoga pose, the objective is to imitate a corpse by keeping the body still. By remaining motionless for some time and keeping the mind still while you are fully conscious, you learn to relax. This conscious relaxation invigorates and refreshes both body and mind. This apparently easy posture is one of the most difficult to master, irrespective of the level of yoga practice or the body flexibility.
Corpse Pose is considered a base pose as corpse pose variations can be derived from this pose.Corpse Pose helps boost energy in the body and hence can be included in flow yoga sequences.
Benefits and Contraindications
Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression
Reduces headache, fatigue, and insomnia
Relaxes the body
Helps to lower blood pressure
Back injury or discomfort: Do this pose with your knees bent and your feet on the floor, hip-distance apart; either bind the thighs parallel to each other with a strap (taking care not to position the heels too close to the buttocks) or support the bent knees on a bolster.
Pregnancy: Raise your head and chest on a bolster.
Photo poses in different angles
Teachers often say that Savasana is the most difficult yoga pose , which is really a way of saying that it’s really hard for some people to do nothing for 10 minutes. If you find it challenging, try scanning your body from toe to head, saying the name of each body part and then releasing it. Your body needs this time to absorb the new information it has received through the physical practice.
Often, the mind wants to stay active even when the body is relaxed. Your mind might have been calm during your pose sequence, but now you need to develop that same calmness when at rest. If your mind won’t stop chattering, try the basic meditation techniques of noticing your thoughts, labeling them as thinking, and then letting them go. Just like other types of yoga, this takes practice. Eventually, you will notice that when your body goes into Savasana, your mind also assumes a relaxed state.
- Constructive Rest Pose Blanket Head Blocks Bolster Legs
- Pentacle Pose
- Constructive Rest Pose Back Bend With Bolster
- Reclined Pose Knee Elbow To Side
- Constructive Rest Pose Raised Legs Wheel
- Corpse Pose (IRT)
- Supine Spinal Twist Pose II
- Happy Baby Pose
- Wind Release Pose
- Easy Pose
- Side Lying Corpse Pose
- Wind Release Pose