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Shavasana | Methods | Benefits

Shavasana, a relaxing pose that is done mainly at the end of the yoga session. In this pose, the practitioner has to focus on his breath to get deep, and relaxed breathing.

When you are having a rough day, or you are feeling tired, you can do this pose. This will help to remove the anxiety, and stress from the mind. It relaxes the body too.

We often resemble yoga poses with those tough, and complex yogic posture. Shavasana seems to be the easiest pose among the all yogic posture. That is not the reality.

This pose is easy to be in, but difficult to perform. One has to focus on his/her breathing, take the deep, and relaxed breathe like an infant. Infant breaths from their stomach, and very slowly.

You need to do the same in Shavasana, use your stomach to fill in the air, instead of your lungs.

Due to our hectic, and stressed life, we develop irregularities in our breathing process. It will help to resolve those irregularities in our breathing. [1]

Be alert, and focus on breathing all the time, otherwise, you will fall asleep.

Meaning and Pronunciation of Shavasana

meaning and pronunciation of shavasana

Shavasana is a Sanskrit word, Shava means – Corpse (dead human body), and asana means – Pose.

In Shavasana, a practitioner has to maintain the pose like a corpse. Lying on the back, hands on the side, focusing on the breath and doing nothing.

It is pronunciates as Shu – Vah – Sana. [2] pronunciation

Due to the difference in accent, and many other factors. It is often mispronounced as Savasana. But the actual pronunciation is Shavasana. [3] pronunciation

How to do Shavasana?

how to do shavasana
  • Lie down on your back.
  • Be in a relaxed position, put your hands on the side. Make yourself comfortable.
  • Close your eyes.
  • Fill in the air, in your stomach. Then slowly release it.
  • Scan your all body parts, one-by-one. Shift your attention from one body part to the other.
  • Leave all the thoughts behind, and just be in the process.
  • Take deep, and slow breaths.
  • Slowly make your breath more deeply, and relaxed. Don’t fall asleep.
  • Stay in this pose for around 10 – 15 mins. But don’t set an alarm for it. It would be better if you could do that on your own.
  • To release the pose, roll down your side, keep your eyes closed.
  • Take the support of the hand, and sit properly.
  • Take a few deep breaths.
  • And then open your eyes.

With every inhalation, you feel energized, and with every exhalation, you will feel relaxed. [4]

Benefits of Shavasana

  • It will reduce anxiety, stress, and will make you calm, and relaxed.
  • It improves blood pressure and blood circulation.
  • Works great for insomnia.
  • Releases fatigue. Do this after a busy, or rough day, you will feel better.
  • It reduces the irregularities in breathing.
  • Make the body calm, and relaxed.
  • Helps to increase concentration.
  • Great to do at the end of a yoga session.
  • It will get you into a deep meditative state which helps to repair cells and tissues.[5]


  • You can place a pillow, cushion, or something like that, under your knee, and lower back.
  • Muffle a blanket if it is a cold environment.


If the doctor has advised you not to lie on the back.

If you have a severe acidity problem, avoid this pose. [6]



Why Shavasana is the hardest pose?

This pose may seem to be easy, but it is not. Relaxation is not easy to do, you cannot decide that now I will be relaxed.[7]

Many people face difficulty in sleeping because relaxation is something they don’t know how to enter.

This pose will help you to reach a state of relaxation, leave all the thoughts aside, focus on the breath, and give attention to your whole body.

Can we sleep in Shavasana?

No, this is yoga posture, it will help you to get better sleep. But don’t sleep while doing Shavasana.

How long should you stay in the Shavasana?

10 – 15 mins, but don’t set the alarm for it. Release the pose on your own.


Shavasana is a relaxing pose that will release stress, fatigue, and anxiety. It will get you into a meditative state, improve sleep, and have numerous advantages.

Add this to your routine, and see the new you (more relaxed, calm, and stress-free).


This article provides general information only. It would be better if you consult an expert. It is not a substitute for an expert at all.


My name is Kunal Koli . I am doing my BBA from Ambedkar University Delhi ( AUD) . I am from Delhi , India . I am passionate for Yoga and fitness. Without health, wealth has no meaning. And I am also learning Digital Marketing because Digital is the future. And I don’t want to get lost somewhere in obsolete World.

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