Definition - What does Savasana mean?
Savasana, or shavasana, is a restorative asana that is a key component of yoga. It usually follows vinyasa or is practiced near the end of a yoga session.
To enter the pose, the body lies face-up on the ground. The legs are comfortably spread and the arms are relaxed alongside the body with the palms facing either up or down.
The term comes from the Sanskrit shava, meaning “corpse,” and asana, meaning “pose” or “posture.” The common English name for savasana is corpse pose.
Yogapedia explains Savasana
Although savasana is typically practiced at the end of a yoga sequence, it can be used to calm the body at the beginning of practice or for resting in the middle of a sequence. At the end of a yoga session, seated meditation traditionally follows savasana.
This asana stimulates the muladhara (root) chakra, because the entire length of the body is connected with the earth. Energizing this chakra through savasana is believed to ground the individual, providing the inner stability necessary for personal growth.
Some of the benefits of savasana include:
- Increase in energy and productivity
- Decrease in anxiety and panic attacks
- Improved memory, focus and concentration
- Increased confidence