Corpse pose, also known as Savasana, is considered by many yogis to be the most important of all the asanas, as it allows the body time to process information from the practice. The benefits can also be more than physical, as this pose enhances and renews the body, mind and spirit. Relaxing the physical body in corpse pose can lead to lowered blood pressure, decreased heart rate, slowed respiration and decreased muscle tension.
Most practitioners of yoga end their sequences of asanas with corpse pose, and of course, this seems to be a logical conclusion. Do the work, then take a break and let it all sink in. Another beautiful aspect of corpse pose is that there’s nothing to do while in the pose. There’s no mantra to recite or imagery to focus on. There’s only you, laying quietly, being still and letting nothingness sweep over you. For a sore back, use a bolster under the knees; for a sore neck, use a small neck roll or pillow. Resting your lower legs on the seat of a chair with knees bent at a 90-degree angle is another way to modify the pose. Use whatever props necessary to create a comfortable space to let go.
Savasana can be incorporated into any part of the day, whenever and wherever a peaceful moment is needed. Try it today and give yourself permission to zone out and recharge.
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