This pose gets its name from the recumbent posture of a dead body. It is a position of rest and relaxation, and is usually practiced towards the end of a yoga session – a session that typically begins with activity and ends in rest; a space or pause when deep healing can take place.
Steps to perform Savasana
- Come to lie down on the back.
- Let the feet fall out to either side.
- Bring the arms alongside the body, but slightly separated from the body, and turn the palms to face upwards.
- Relax the whole body, including the face. Let the body feel heavy.
- Let the breath occur naturally.
- To come out, first begin to the deepen the breath. Then move the fingers and toes, awakening the body.
- Bring the knees into the chest and roll over to one side, keep the eyes closed.
- Slowly bring yourself back up into a sitting.
- This posture brings a deep, meditative state of rest, which may help in the repair of tissues and cells, and in releasing stress. It also gives time for the yoga workout to sink in at a deeper level.
- This posture leaves you in a state of rejuvenation. It is the perfect way to end a yoga session, particularly if it has been a fast-paced one.
- It helps reduce blood pressure, anxiety, and insomnia.
- This is an excellent way to ground the body and reduce the Vata dosha(imbalance of the air element) in the body.
- None (unless your doctor has advised you, for some medical reason, to avoid lying on your back).