Shavasana, Savasana Yoga (Corpse Pose)

Shavasana, Savasana Yoga (Corpse Pose) Benefits and Steps

The Sanskrit word ‘shava‘ means ‘corpse‘. This pose looks like a sleeping pose. It is very simple and everyone can do this asana. But friends this pose needs lots of concentration. You have to concentrate on each part of the body.

Beneficial for improving concentration, curing insomnia, calming the mind, and releasing stress, fatigue, and depression.

Steps for Shavasana – Corpse Pose

  1. Lie flat on your back, like our sleeping pose. Legs should be separated.
  2. Keep your arms at your side and your palms facing up. Just relax.
  3. Close your eyes and breathe deeply and slowly through the nostrils.
  4. Start concentrating from your head to your feet. This means you are consciously relaxing every part of the body. Don’t move ahead without relaxing a particular part of the body.
  5. On each inhaling and exhaling (breathing) think that your body is totally relaxed. Let your tension, stress, depression, and worry run away on each exhaling.
  6. Those having good concentrations can practice for a long time and others can practice for 3-5 minutes.

Benefits of Shavasana – Corpse Pose

  1. It relaxes your whole body.
  2. Releases stress, fatigue, depression and tension.
  3. Improves concentration.
  4. Cures insomnia.
  5. Relaxes your muscles.
  6. Calms the mind and improves mental health.
  7. Excellent asana for stimulating blood circulation.
  8. Beneficial for those suffering from neurological problems, asthma, constipation, diabetes, and indigestion.


  1. While practicing shavasana, if you feel drowsy or sleepy you can breathe a bit faster and deeper.
  2. Always start shavasana before practicing other yogasana and after ending yogasana.
  3. Those finding it difficult to practice in the morning or evening can practice while sleeping at night.
  4. Concentration is important.

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    (March 27, 2019 - 6:07 am)

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  • sudip kumar deb

    (May 6, 2015 - 8:02 pm)

    I am suffering from severe insomnia. In the night I hardly get sleeps for 2-3 hrs. My doctor suggested Shavasana however it works some nights but not others. Can you suggest some yoga cure for my problem.

    • Hello sudip,

      I m not a doc. So beg your pardon. I just read your post, sometimes, I had the similar problem and even more than you described.

      Just want to share, keep yourself positive, I know its hard to do, but when you got know about thinking positive you will be positive.

      No need to go to doc or any consultant, if its not really severe.

      But I would say n I would love to say keep calm n be positive u will feel positive. Even doc can’t help u if u r not positive.

      Thanks n best regards

  • Sometimes I get anxiety attack during night time,body gets heated up..not able to sleep calmly..Am getting some kind of fear and anxious of striking something in my mind.
    So Sir,please kindly suggest me what should I to to get rid of this problem.
    Really Sir,am unable to focus on my studies due to this instance attack of anxiety.

    • Hi sagar,

      You should practice anulom vilom pranayamam, bhastrika, pranav pranayama daily in the morning or evening on an empty stomach. You can practice anulom vilom pranayama before going to bed also. But keep in mind not immediately after lunch or dinner. Take some rest before doing it. This will reduce your stress depression and anxiety. When ever you get time you can practice it in good atmosphere or at home for 5 – 10 minutes. You will be alright in few days. Follow good diet and yoga regularly. Go for walking or jogging in the morning or evening. After 15 – 20 minutes you can practice pranayama. Just for precaution consult your doctor and have medical check up if necessary.

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