Many people are unsure of the savasana pronunciation. It is pronounced sha-VAH-suh-nuh and is a pose that you should be doing at the end of every yoga practice. It happens to be my favorite pose!
The audio below will give you the correct savasana pronunciation.
What are the Benefits of Savasana?
- Relaxes the body
- Lowers blood pressure
- Reduces headaches, fatigue, and insomnia
- Relieves stress
- Allows a break from the past or future
- Helps you connect with your breath
- Calms the brain
- Helps relieve mild depression
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Cautions and Contraindications
If you have a back injury or discomfort you can try bending your knees and perhaps place a bolster under your knees.
If you are pregnant, raise your head and chest on a bolster.
What is Savasana?
Savasana, or Corpse Pose, is done at the end of a yoga practice. To do the pose, you lay on your back with your feet spread apart about hip distance or more. Lay your arms out from your body with your palms face up. It is important to be warm and comfortable during this pose. You should preferably be in a quiet, darkened room or have an eye pillow. This pose allows the body to reset after a yoga practice. It is a nourishing pose that should be done at the end of every yoga practice.
10 Relaxing Savasana Techniques
Muscle Tension and Release:
tense the following parts of your body for a few seconds, then release and move onto the next part of your body: feet, legs and glutes, stomach, arms and hands, shoulders, face (eyes and mouth), then tense and release your whole body one to three times
Rise and Fall:
watch the rise and fall of your abdomen with each inhale and exhale
Feel the Sensation of Your Body on the Mat:
feel supported by the earth, notice which parts of your body are touching the ground and feel the ground supporting you
Journey to a Healing Place:
imagine that you have traveled to a beautiful, calm, healing place, notice what you smell, hear, feel, stay in this place for as long as you would like
bring your awareness to the following parts of your body, imagine a warmth or a light at each point (you can complete 31 points if you are short on time)
- center between your eyebrows, throat center, right shoulder, right elbow, right wrist, tip of the right thumb, tip of the right index finger, tip of the right middle finger, tip of the right ring finger, tip of the right pinkie, right wrist, right elbow, right shoulder
- throat center, left shoulder, left elbow, left wrist, tip of the left thumb, tip of the left index finger, tip of the left middle finger, tip of the left ring finger, tip of the left pinkie, left wrist, left elbow, left shoulder, throat center, heart center, right of heart center, heart center, left of heart center, heart center (31 points end here)
- solar plexus, navel center, right hip, right knee, right ankle, tip of the right big toe, tip of the right second toe, tip of the right middle toe, tip of the right fourth toe, tip of the right little toe, right ankle, right knee, right hip, navel center
- left hip, left knee, left ankle, tip of the left big toe, tip of the left second toe, tip of the left middle toe, tip of the left fourth toe, tip of the left little toe, left ankle, left knee, left hip, navel center, solar plexus, heart center, throat center, center between your eyebrows
Breathe through Your Body:
imagine your breath coming into the crown on your head and out through your toes
Waves of relaxation through your body:
start at the head and feel the relaxation move through your body to your toes, grow heavy with each wave of relaxation, your mind should rest on the wave of the breath
Breathe in Thirds:
inhale one-third of your breath, pause, inhale another third, pause, inhale the final third, pause, exhale completely, repeat as many times as you would like
Breathe from your feet:
feel as if you are breathing in through your the bottom of your feet and up to the crown of your head and exhale back down your body and out through your feet
soften your fingers, let that softness travel up your arms, to your head, then let it move down your spine to your lower back, your legs, and your feet
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Savasana is, in my opinion, the most important pose of out practice. To help you with your savasana, I have also created a Savasana Playlist post. You now have the tools to have a restoring and relaxing savasana. Enjoy!
After you try some of the techniques, I would love to have you share your experiences. Which was your favorite? Comment below!