The Corpse Pose is the English name for “Savasana.” In the Sanskrit language, Sava means Corpse, while Asana means Pose or Position. It is often referred to as Mrtasana, with Asana meaning Yoga.
Although the Corpse Pose seems very easy to perform, it’s more challenging than it looks to master it in reality. This pose is an essential part of all Hatha Yoga and other modern yoga styles.
Typically, it’s performed as the last yoga pose; almost any yoga session is considered unfinished without performing this pose to finish. Yoga meditation is used to relax the entire body after the competition of all other yoga exercises.
The main objective of the Corpse Pose is to get rid of all physical tiredness and bring complete calmness to mind.
The Idea of The Corpse Pose
For people just starting with the Corpse Pose, it can be difficult in a different way. In contrast to the other more advanced yoga poses, this one doesn’t require much physical activity. Instead, this pose is targeted to bring relaxation and remove all stiffness and tension in your mind and body. You must be entirely at ease and in a relaxed state while still remaining attentive and aware, which is why this pose can be hard to master.
With all the stiffness, tiredness, and tension that builds up in our bodies day in and day out, it’s hard to get rid of them, even when you feel relaxed. Some beginners even consider this pose to be impractical. Still, by practicing different tension releasing warm-up poses for a while, you’ll gradually master the art of performing the Corpse Pose.
Those who want to master the Corpse Pose have to let go of all stress, tensions, and tightness in the body itself, just like a lifeless person. This pose is considered the ultimate relaxed physical state that can be achieved while still being attentive to the body, mind, and surroundings at the same time. It’s pretty standard for beginners to fall asleep while performing this pose. Still, once they’re able to perform it correctly for the first time, their overall well-being will significantly improve.
Steps: How To Perform A Corpse Pose
Start by lying flat on your backside. Once there, avoid using any kind of support, like pillows or cushions under your neck. Close your eyes at your comfort, and separate your legs to remove any type of stress. Your knees and feet should be completely relaxed, with your toes facing the site each other.
If you start to feel any kind of stiffness, move your arms away from your body a little. Open your palms; they should be faced towards the ceiling. Deeply evaluate your entire body and position, and after you make any needed minor adjustments, let the stiffness and tension drain from every limb on your body. The entire body should be in a perfectly relaxed state at this stage.
In the next step, start with bringing awareness/attention towards your right foot. As it relaxes, continue to the left foot and repeat. Gradually begin paying closer attention to the other body parts one by one, start at the lower region, and climb upwards, towards the head. As you reach the head, your body should now be relaxed.
Take slow, deep breaths. With each inhale, you will feel your body getting energized, while with each exhale, you will experience more calmness and relaxation in the body and mind. Avoid paying attention to anything else apart from your body and mind; empty your mind of all tensions and worries. Surrender entirely and lie relaxed on the floor or mat. Just make sure you don’t fall asleep during this process; with all the challenging yoga poses you have done earlier, it’s very easy to fall into a sleeping state naturally. The primary purpose of the Corpse Pose is to be attentive and completely relaxed at the same time.
You can maintain this position for ten to twenty minutes; once you’re finished while keeping the eyes closed, slowly turn to the right. Using the support of your right hand, slowly rise into the Easy Pose (Sukhasana). While sitting in the easy pose, take a few more deep breaths (eyes closed) and slowly regain consciousness, taking in your surroundings as you’re aware of everything. Now you can open your eyes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can Corpse Pose Reduce Body Weight?
It certainly can, but it’s mainly meant to help you achieve the ultimate relaxed state, which is focused on meditative aspects and not so much on our physical body. However, it does burn calories and help with weight loss too. Just don’t expect it to be as effective for this purpose; many other yoga poses are designed to target fat in the body.
Can Corpse Pose Help With Increasing Height?
Some yoga practitioners include this pose among height-gaining exercises. However, you can perform other poses that specifically target height gain. You’ll need to give a few different poses a try.
Can Corpse Pose Cause Injuries?
There is a minimal chance of injury. With that said, if you’re suffering from back injuries or pain, it’s always a good idea to consult a medical expert. Despite this, it can help with back pain in many cases. Plus, this pose covers all parts of your body, so it automatically helps remove stress and improve relaxation in all muscles, which can also help strengthen them.
Corpse Pose is an essential part of all yoga sessions; it energizes the mind, body, and soul. It is considered one of the best poses to eliminate stress and tension, both in the body and mind. It helps in tissue and cell repair. It’s been deemed helpful in conditions like insomnia, blood pressure, anxiety, depression, etc.