Yoga Basics: Savasana (Corpse Pose)

(photo courtesy of Sivananda Online)

Savasana is about releasing the physical body. Yoga Journal has a good explanation of the subtleties of the pose, but all you really have to do is lie on your back, with your arms comfortably at your sides, palms facing up. Feet should be slightly apart. Let your breath come naturally, and be open to letting go.

It can be a challenge to quiet the mind during this asana, but it will come in time. Practice enjoying the pose’s therapeutic value, wherever you’re at with it.

This video provides a comprehensive guide to a deeply relaxing Savasana experience. There’s not much to look at, so once you understand the basics of the posture itself, lie down and let the audio be your guide:

(video courtesy of Lulu Hoop)

With a little practice, you’ll be much better able to relax, and can call upon this technique as needed in life. Seasoned practitioners can put this skill to use in the strangest of places!

 (photo courtesy of Elephant Journal)