Savasana: Corpse Pose

Beautiful Woman Doing Savasana

When was the last time you could say that you were in a true state of meditation? Well, the last time you were in Savasana! This posture is of paramount importance to the Bikram Yoga series and any yoga practice. The posture is a shift from doing to being, consciousness to awareness. Savasana presents the opportunity to truly observe the effects of the practice while regaining balance.

Benefits of Savasana

  • Returns cardiovascular circulation to normal
  • Slows the heart rate and reduces blood pressure
  • Teaches complete relaxation by stilling and focusing the mind
  • Facillitates powerful blood flow throughout the body
  • Magnifies the benefits of the posture before it
  • Allows for internal cleansing
  • Relaxes central nervous system/calms mind
  • Helps relieve stress
  • Decreases beta brain waves and shifts to slower brain waves which helps reduce insomnia and improve sleep
  • Reduces headache and fatigue
  • Helps relieve depression
  • Improves the absorption of nutrients

Man Doing Savasana

Tips for Savasana

  • Need help stopping your mind? Try breathing in for five counts and out for seven counts to slow your heart rate
  • Remember that you don’t need to do anything or go anywhere, just be in the posture
  • If your mind starts to wander just return to your breath
  • Don’t judge the posture or how you are in it
  • Keep a soft gaze on one spot on the ceiling
  • Do not hold any tension in the body – try to feel like your whole body is being absorbed by the floor
  • Keep your arms relaxed beside you, wherever they naturally fall which should be relatively close to the body
  • Don’t fidget, wipe or scratch
  • Don’t overthink it!

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