Savasana or Corpse Pose: Why the Easiest Yoga Pose is Also the Hardest

Image by Pascal Mauerhofer

Image by Pascal Mauerhofer

Savasana doesn't require any superhuman feats of flexibility or balance. It isn't designed to test your strength or stretch your core. In fact, all you have to do is lie down and relax. It's the hardest pose there is.

You can find fully detailed instructions in our Little Book of Yoga, but savasana is basically attained by lying on the ground with your shoulders spread and your hands facing upward, then relaxing completely. That's the challenge though-- relaxing. As you do your best to sink down through every part of your body, you'll slowly become aware of all sorts of tension hidden throughout. Your corpse pose may look the same on the outside as that of a master yogi, but complete relaxation takes years of training and extreme skill. 

That's why savasana, or corpse pose, is the hardest pose to master, but also why it's the one with the most benefits. Because the most control you can have over your body is figuring out how to turn it off. 

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Check out the Little Book of Yoga for more helpful tips, as well as instructions to start your journey to savasana expertise!