Don’t underestimate the art of relaxation. Savasana, or Corpse Pose, can be the most difficult pose in yoga.

Aside from in your practice, when was the last time you just lay on your back – fully awake – and at ease? You’re not alone if this is a new experience and your mind wanders or you feel tense.

The essence of Savasana is to allow all physical stress in the body to release. It’s where you take what you need from your time on the mat.

It can be tempting to feel like hitting the showers as soon as the physical asanas end. But if do you this or lie there waiting for Savasana to finish, you’re missing the most important part of your practice.

Savasana helps relieve mild depression, high blood pressure, headaches, fatigue, and insomnia. It calms the nervous system and relaxes fatigued muscles, and works to bring together the benefits of the movements so you leave rejuvenated.

8 steps to a restful Savasana:

  1. Lie on your back with your legs straight and arms relaxed at your sides. Let your feet fall to a natural position and rest your palms facing up. Close down your eyes.
  2. Breathe naturally.
  3. Allow your body to feel heavy on the ground.
  4. Begin to release each part of your body, organ and cell, consciously working from the soles of your feet to the crown of your head.
  5. Relax your face, feeling your eyes drop into your sockets and the softening of your jaw.
  6. Tune in. If your mind starts to wander, bring your awareness to the sounds around you and then try to find the most distant sound until you find the sound closest to you. Then tune into your breath. Once we acknowledge the sounds from outside, the mind is more able to let go.
  7. To exit the pose, gently bring your awareness back to your body. Start to wriggle your fingers and toes. With your eyes closed, draw your knees in and slowly roll over to your left or right side. Rest there for a moment and with an inhale, find a comfortable seated position.
  8. Take the peace and stillness found in this pose with you for the rest of your day.