Some of the benefits of this pose include:
- Overall relaxation of the body, reducing stress and fatigue
- Calming of the mind
- Reduction in the frequency and severity of headaches
- Relief from insomnia
- Lowering of blood pressure
Although typically included at the end of a yoga session, corpse pose can also be used to calm the body at the beginning or for resting in the middle of a sequence of postures.
If the traditional corpse position is uncomfortable, the individual may bolster the head and/or the legs with a support such as a blanket. Anyone who suffers from a back injury should practice the pose with bent knees, using a support under the knees or placing the legs on the seat of a chair. Pregnant women should raise the head and chest with a bolster or several folded blankets.