Corpse Pose - Savasana

How to Do Corpse Pose - Savasana
Corpse Pose - Savasana. John Freeman/Dorling Kindersley/Getty Images

Type of pose: Supine, resting

Also known as: Final Relaxation

Benefits: Allows the body and mind time to process what has happened during a yoga class. Provides a counterpoint to the effort put forth during asana practice.

No yoga session is complete without this final pose. The body needs this time to understand the new information it has received through the practice of yoga. Even though savasana is a resting pose, it’s not the same a sleeping!

You should try to stay present and aware during the five to ten minute duration of final relaxation. 

Teachers often say that savasana is the most difficult yoga pose, which is a way of saying that it's really hard for some people to do nothing for ten minutes. If you find it challenging, try scanning your body from toe to head, saying the name of each body part and then releasing it. Often it's the mind that wants to stay active even when the body is relaxed. Try the basic meditation techniques of noticing your thoughts, labeling them as thinking, and then letting them go. Just like other types of yoga, this takes practice. Eventually you will notice that when your body goes into savasana, your mind also assumes a relaxed position.


1. Lie down on your back.

2. Let go of holding your legs straight so that your feet fall out to either side.

3. Bring your arms alongside your body, but slightly separated from the torso.

Turn your palms to face upwards but don't try to keep them open. Let the fingers curl in. 

4. Tuck your shoulder blades on to your back for support. This is a similar movement to tucking the shoulders under in bridge pose, but less intense.

5. Relax your whole body, including the face. Let the body feel heavy.

6. Let your breathing occur naturally. If your mind wanders, you can bring your attention to your breath but try to just notice it, not deepen it.

7. Stay for a minimum of five minutes. Ten minutes is better. If you are practicing at home, set an alarm so that you're not compelled to check the time.

8. To come out, first begin to the deepen the breath. Then begin to wiggle the fingers and toes, slowly awakening the body.

9. Stretch your arms overhead for a full body stretch from hands to feet.

10. Bring your knees into your chest and roll over to one side, keeping your eyes closed. Use your arm as a pillow while you rest in a fetal position for a few breaths.

11. Bring yourself back up into a sitting position using your hands to support yourself.


Here are some ideas on ways to use props during savasana to make this pose more comfortable and relaxing.

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