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Strike a Yoga Pose: Savasana

How to Do Corpse Pose

We're finally up to the last posture in the closing sequence of Ashtanga Yoga called Savasana. Everyone looks forward to this pose because you've worked so hard up until that point, you're sweaty and physically exhausted, and this allows your body and mind to let go completely. Savasana is a time for you to be quiet and still, to revitalize your energy, and calm your mind. It feels like pure bliss.

Sanskrit Name: Savasana
English Translation: Corpse Pose
Also Called: Final Resting Pose
  • Lie on your back and close your eyes. In order to relax and open your body fully, extend your arms a few inches away from the body, with the palms facing up.
  • Bring about 15 to 20 inches between your feet, allowing your feet to fall open with the toes pointing out. Actively shrug your shoulders and shoulder blades down towards your hips. Lengthen through the spine as much as possible, and try to press the small of your back towards the ground.
  • After you've found a comfortable position, stay here for as long as you want, around ten minutes, or more if your schedule allows for it.

Fit's Tips: If your lower back hurts when you lie flat, place a couple yoga blocks, pillows, rolled up blankets or a bolster under your knees. This will help to lengthen the spine and release any pressure.

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Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 9 years
this is my favorite pose!
bizzybee bizzybee 9 years
Thanks for the extra advice for those of us with lower back pain.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I need to look like the woman on the right...stat!
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