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Corpse

Benefits

  • Relaxes the central nervous system.
  • Realigns and restores balance to the body.
  • Calms the mind.

Skill Level

  • Beginner

Category

  • Restorative

Yoga 15 Series

  • Balance, Flexibility, Mobility, Strength and Relaxation

Instructions

  • Find a quiet place to practice this pose. 
  • Lie flat on your back. Let your feet come as wide as the mat and fall open.
  • Relax your hands, palms facing up, shoulder blades rest evenly on the ground.
  • Try to position your body so that you are aligned symmetrically. 
  • Close your eyes and remain still for up to 20 minutes, allowing your body and mind to completely relax. 
  • To come out of the pose, bring gentle movement into your fingers and toes, stretch your arms up overhead, roll onto your right side and bring your knees to your chest. Turn your belly button to face the mat and push yourself up to sitting with both hands.  

Modifications

  • You can put an eye pillow over your eyes for deeper relaxation. 
  • You can also support your head and hands on blankets.
  • If you have lower back pain, you may feel more comfortable with a pillow or bolster under your knees. 

Timing

  • Corpse pose or savasana usually comes at the end of a yoga class but it is also incredibly effective directly after a workout to calm your central nervous system, helping you to shift from sympathetic “fight or flight” to parasympathetic rest and digest” mode.