Savasana (Dead Body Pose)


Savasana

13. Corpse Pose: Savasana

Purposes and Benefits:

  • Focuses on breathing
  • Maximizes release of tension by completely relaxing entire body
  • Optimizes circulation of freshly oxygenated blood to all areas of body
  • Slows heart rate and reduces blood pressure
  • Lessens fatigue and headache
  • Calms mind, reduces insomnia, and improves sleep
  • Cures fatigue and jet lag
  • Improves absorption of nutrients
  • Balances blood pressure, brain waves, and respiratory rate
  • Strengthens immune system

How to Do:

  • Lie back on floor, touch heels together, and let feet fall sideways
  • Relax arms by letting them gently fall to both sides with palms facing up
  • Keep eyes open and gaze softly at a spot on ceiling
  • Ensure that fingers and toes are relaxed and release any restrictions in throat
  • Pull shoulders down and back flatly against floor
  • Find a place on floor where body feels completely at ease
  • Breathe slowly and deeply, encouraging more tension to leave body with each exhale
  • Focus on breathing, especially if mind wanders
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