Can you go wrong with the simplest of the yoga poses like Savasana? Let’s find out

Savasana or the corpse pose is regarded to be the simplest in yoga, but is it? There’s more than meets the eye! So, make sure you know it all!
Savasana or corpse pose
Savasana is a great yoga pose to improve focus. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Geetika Sachdev Published: 14 Aug 2021, 07:00 am IST
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Trust hot mommy Kareena Kapoor Khan to always give us fitness goals. She has been consistently working hard to get back into her pre-pregnancy figure, and as always, she trusts yoga! Her latest workout post gave us a sneak peek into her fitness routine and guess what? 

Kareena and her yoga instructor Anshuka showed her fans a glimpse of all the moves, and guess what? At the end of the session, the Bollywood babe did the shavasana or the corpse pose to relax her body post the workout. 

Here’s what she wrote, “Savasana in my bun with my favouritest @anshukayoga.” 

But is savasana as simple as it looks or could you also go wrong? It’s time to find out! 

What are some of the common mistakes?

1. Choosing the wrong mat

This might sound harmless, but guess what it isn’t just about practising savasana. You need to do it on the right mat! How are you going to feel relaxed if all you have are aches and numbness, after practising those moves? You might just think it’s regular soreness, but guess what your yoga mat could also be the culprit. If you are slipping, sliding or not receiving any proper support, then make sure you get the right one to help you relax post your workout!

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Choose your mat right or bear severe lower back pain. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

2. Wrong posture

You might think there’s really no proper posture when you practice savasana, but guess what? That’s not true. There is a particular approach that you must follow, and if you aren’t doing that, then it’s time to understand the basics and level up.

Here’s how to do it:

  • Lie on your back with your legs straight and arms relaxed at your sides.
  • Let your feet be in the natural position and rest your palms facing up. Close your eyes.
  • Breathe naturally.
  • Allow your body to feel heavy on the ground.
  • Release each part of your body, relaxing the soles of your feet to the crown of your head.
  • Relax your face, feeling your eyes drop into your sockets and the softening of your jaw.
  • Focus on your mind, and if it starts to waver, bring it back to the current moment and pay attention to the sounds you can hear.
  • Gently bring your awareness back to your body. Start to wiggle your fingers and toes. With your eyes closed, draw your knees in and slowly roll over to your left or right side.
  • Relax.

3. Difficulty in staying still


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Are you someone who is occupied all the time? Do you always need something to do? Well, if that’s the case, savasana is going to be hard for you. That’s because you have to stay still and focus on the present moment for 10 minutes. If you can’t do it, try scanning your body from head to toe for a few minutes. It will help in a huge way!

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Let’s go meet our well rested self! Image Courtesy: Shutterstock

4. Mind chatter

What if your body feels relaxed but your mind is still active, during savasana? Well, that’s a common mistake. So, if your mind continues to chatter, try to meditate and notice your thoughts. If they continue to bother you, try and let them go. Of course, this won’t happen in a day. It does take a lot of practice.

You could also use these modifications of savasana:
  • Relax the eyes and mind: Place a cloth over your eyes to refrain the light from bothering you. This will help your eyes a lot.
  • Relax the abdomen: You can place a block or a few blankets across your lower abdomen. 
  • Support your neck: You could also place a folded blanket or cushion under your neck or head. 

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