Savasana is how most yogi’s or yogini’s (yoga practitioner male or female respectively) begin and finish all yoga sessions. It is one of the most important poses. It is full restorative relaxation.

Savasana translated means ‘corpse pose’ in Sanskrit. Loosely explained; it is a time to fully let go of all holding; mental, physical, emotional and a time to absorb the practice; it is a time to be reborn (hence the corpse) after letting go of all past action, thoughts that no longer suit etc.,

It may sound easy at first, but as you are in the pose you’ll realize the need for practice. The mind will sometimes question what its job is. Allow the mind to soften and silently observe the physical body or the breath. As busy everyday thoughts pass through, which they inevitably will, do not follow them through. Bring the awareness back to the breath. Give your body permission to surrender into the support of the floor.

Here’s how:

-Lie on your back

-Kick into your heels, ankles together and spread your feet about eight to twelve inches apart

-Let the feet drop open to the sides

-Hands are placed by the hips, palms facing upward

-Close the eyes

-Release all holding; consciously relax every muscle you can find

-Become aware of your breathing

-As thought will undoubtedly enter your mind; allow them to pass. Become the silent observer and without attachment or judgment watch self.

-Hang out here for 5-10 mins; do not fall asleep!

You may have heard Dr.

Oz on Oprah discussing this valuable tool. When the body is given time to relax it increases its healing abilities.

Take the time each day to relax in Savasana and feel its healing benefits.

If you are feeling tired throughout your day a 10-15 minute rest in corpse pose can: restore energies, relieve stress and mild depression,
relax the body, reduces headache, fatigue, insomnia and helps to lower blood pressure.


Special Considerations:

In pregnancy it is not advisable to lie flat on the back. Please speak to your Doctor or Yoga teacher about alternatives for Savasana.

We end our time together saying, “Namaste,” which means: I honor the love, the light, the truth in you.”


Tammy Lawrence-Cymbalisty is a certified Kripalu teacher. You can view her website at Tammy is the author of How to be Soul Strong; a user’s guide to life on planet earth.

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