Savasana (Corpse Yoga Pose) – 9 Benefits and Contraindications

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

  1. Helps alleviate nervous tension, insomnia, and chronic fatigue syndrome
  2. Relaxes the body and eases breathing
  3. Soothes the sympathetic nervous system and brings peace of mind
  4. Enhances recovery from all long term or serious illnesses
  5. Removes physical and mental fatigue
  6. Helps treat high blood pressure, and relieves migraines and stress-related headaches
  7. Alleviates the symptoms of respiratory diseases and eases breathing
  8. Speeds recuperation after an illness
  9. 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.