Savasana Yoga Pose
A very popular yoga pose is known as corpse pose or Savasana. It is traditionally used at the end of a yoga practice, however it can also be used towards the middle as a resting pose. Savasana is also quite helpful at the start of a yoga practice to quiet and calm the mental energy.
Historically the pose is held for 20-30 minutes and was meant to consciously release tension from the body. In current western yoga classes, the pose is held anywhere from 1 to 5 minutes before moving into the next sequence of poses.
Benefits of Savasana Pose
The pose is very regenerative and helpful at the end of a yoga practice. It is a great way to reduce stress and tension from the body.
How to Do Savasana Yoga Pose
- Lying on your back let the arms and legs drop open, with the arms about 45 degrees from the side of your body. Make sure you are warm and comfortable, if you need to place blankets under or over your body.
- Close the eyes, and take slow deep breaths through the nose. Allow your whole body to become soft and heavy, letting it relax into the floor. As the body relaxes, feel the whole body rising and falling with each breath.
- Scan the body from the toes to the fingers to the crown of the head, looking for tension, tightness and contracted muscles. Consciously release and relax any areas that you find. If you need to, rock or shift parts of your body from side to side to encourage further release.
- Release all control of the breath, the mind, and the body. Let your body move deeper and deeper into a state of total relaxation.
- Stay in Savasana for 1 to 5 minutes.
- To release from the pose, slowly deepen the breath, flex the fingers and toes, reach the arms over your head and stretch the whole body, exhale bend the knees into the chest and roll over to one side coming into a fetal position. When you are ready, slowly inhale up to a seated position.
Variations of Savasana Pose
You may choose to place a yoga bolster under your lower back or knees.