Breathing in Shavasana | How to do Breathing in Shavasana

Jagdish Tandia

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Breathing in Shavasana

The corpse is a Sanskrit word meaning dead body. This asana got its name because it has the same shape as a dead body. Breathing in Shavasana is for relaxation and most of the whole yoga asana is done in sequence. The sequence of complete yoga starts with activity and ends in relaxation. This is the condition when your body gets complete rest.

How to do Breathing in Shavasana

  1. Lie on your back without any support for a pillow or any object. If needed, place a small pillow under your neck. Close your eyes.
  2. Spread your legs comfortably and give full relaxation to your knees and toes. The fingers of both the feet should be opposite each other.
  3. Keep your hands with the body but do not touch your body. The palms extended skyward.
  4. Take your attention to every part of the body slowly and give rest to your whole body.
  5. Move your attention to the right paw, and then to the right knee (thus moving your attention to the entire right leg and then your attention to the sister’s leg), slowly resting every single part of the body. Move your attention to the head.
  6. Take slow and deep breaths and relax with every breath. Every breath coming in gives you energy and every breath going out gives you relaxation. Do not pay attention to the excitement, haste, or anything arising in your mind. Just be with your body and mind. Devote your entire body to the earth and relax. Pay attention that you do not sleep while doing this posture.
  7. After 10-20 minutes, when you reach a state of complete rest, keep your eyes closed and turn to your right. Stay in that position for 1 minute. Get up and sit with the support of your right hand.
  8. While keeping your eyes closed take some long deep breaths and slowly bring your attention back to your environment and body. When you experience perfection, you can open your eyes slowly.


By doing Breathing in Shavasana, one reaches a state of deep meditation which relieves the body from stress and heals the cells completely. By doing Shavasana after a yoga practice, you can go into a state of deep meditation.

  • With the practice of posture, your body is again filled with energy. This is the best posture to finish the course of complete yoga practice, mainly when you have done yoga asana at a fast pace.
  • Breathing in Shavasana is very good for patients with low blood pressure, insomnia, and anxiety.
  • Breathing in Shavasana is the best asana for stabilizing the body and cures Vata dosha in the body.