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Savasana – Corpse Pose

February 1, 2024
February 1, 2024 Jennifer Doran

Savasana – Corpse Pose


Savasana, also known as Corpse Pose, is a foundational yoga pose often practiced at the end of a yoga session. It is a relaxation pose designed to allow the body and mind to integrate the benefits of the yoga practice. Here’s how you can practice Savasana:

Set Up:
Find a quiet and comfortable space. Use a yoga mat or lie down on a comfortable surface. Make sure you won’t be disturbed during the practice.

Body Position:
Lie on your back with your legs extended and feet hip-width apart. Allow your feet to gently fall open. Rest your arms alongside your body with palms facing up, a few inches away from your body. Keep your fingers naturally curled.

Head and Neck:
Keep your head in a neutral position, facing straight up. Ensure your neck is comfortable, and there’s no tension.

Use any props that make you more comfortable, such as a bolster under your knees or a blanket under your head. The goal is to find a position where your body can completely relax.

Close Your Eyes:
Softly close your eyes to reduce external distractions and turn your attention inward.

Begin to consciously relax each part of your body, starting from your toes and working your way up to your head. Release any tension you may be holding in your muscles.

Allow your breath to return to its natural rhythm. Observe the natural ebb and flow of your breath without trying to control it.

Bring your awareness to the present moment. If your mind begins to wander, gently redirect your focus to your breath or the sensations in your body.

Remain still throughout the pose. If you feel the need to adjust, do so mindfully and then return to stillness.

Stay in Savasana for at least 5-10 minutes, or longer if time allows. The longer you stay, the deeper the relaxation.

Coming Out of the Pose:
When you’re ready to end the practice, begin to deepen your breath. Gently move your fingers and toes, then slowly stretch your arms overhead. Roll to one side in a fetal position, taking a few breaths there. Finally, use your hands to press yourself up to a seated position.