What is Savasana (Corpse Yoga Pose)
- In this asana, the body is kept as motionless as a corpse and the mind is alert, yet calm.
- The word sava means ”corpse” in Sanskrit.
- When you practice this asana, your organs of perception—the eyes, ears, and tongue—withdraw from the outside world.
- The body and the mind become one, and you experience inner silence.
- This asana is the first step in the practice of meditation.
Benefits of Savasana
- Helps alleviate nervous tension, insomnia, and chronic fatigue syndrome
- Relaxes the body and eases breathing
- Soothes the sympathetic nervous system and brings peace of mind
- Enhances recovery from all long term or serious illnesses
- Removes physical and mental fatigue
- Helps treat high blood pressure, and relieves migraines and stress-related headaches
- Alleviates the symptoms of respiratory diseases and eases breathing
- Speeds recuperation after an illness
- Helps toward refreshing, dreamless sleep, especially for those with sleep disorders
Contraindications and Cautions
- If you are pregnant, have arespiratory ailment, or experience anxiety, practice savasana with your head and chest raised on a bolster .
- if you have a backache, lie with your back on the floor, and rest your calves on the seat of a chair, with your thighs perpendicular to the floor.
- Do not practice savasana between other asanas.