7 Ways that Shavasana Benefits Your Physical and Mental Health

Dr. Vibha Choudhary

Medically reviewed by

Dr. Vibha Choudhary


5 min read


Shavasana is a pose executed at the end of a yoga session to cool down your body. Shavasana benefits your body by reducing stress and anxiety. Read to learn more about shavasana steps and benefits.

Key Takeaways

  • There are numerous shavasana benefits for good health
  • Improve your metabolism by practicing shavasana daily
  • Shavasana benefits your health by calming your mind

While practicing yoga is essential for your body, it is also important to cool down your body after each yoga session. That's where Shavasana comes into play. After finishing a rigorous yoga routine, you may feel more than happy to do Shavasana. This is because it is the only pose that helps you relax and rejuvenate. But are you aware that executing Shavasana does better than providing your body with needed rest? Here are Shavasana benefits and all you need to know.

Let's start with the exact Shavasana meaning. This name originates from Sanskrit, splitting into two words, namely, shava and asana. While asana means pose in English, shava translates to the corpse. The Shavasana meaning implies that you lie down in a dead body posture [1].

Shavasana benefits your body by restoring peace and calmness. Practicing this pose after your yoga routine offers good relaxation to your muscles. Since Shavasana is a pose of rest, it is practiced in the end so that you can experience deep healing. By understanding Shavasana's steps and benefits properly, you can practice it better and more consciously.

You can even relate Shavasana to meditation, as both practices help calm your restless mind after a demanding workout. Allocate a time of 5-7 minutes for doing Shavasana. While you may be familiar that practicing yoga can reduce many health ailments like hypertension, don't forget to include Shavasana in your workout routine [2].

Additional read: Shavasana (Corpse Pose): Meaning, StepsShavasana Pose variations

Improves your blood circulation 

When blood circulation in your body is not optimum, it may cause health issues like muscle cramps. Practice Shavasana using the appropriate technique and enhance your blood flow. While doing Shavasana, take deep breaths to increase the oxygen flow in the body. This energizes your tired cells and restores energy. With proper blood circulation in your body, you get a good glow on your skin too! Whether you are practicing outdoor or indoor yoga exercises, include Shavasana for countless benefits.

Brings discipline to your life 

Amongst various evening or morning yoga exercises, doing Shavasana may seem quite challenging. Though it's a simple pose to complete, it takes a lot of focus and concentration to get your mind and body to meditate. This pose trains your mind and helps you silence all negative and unwanted thoughts. Shavasana benefits your body by helping you build resilience that may prove beneficial to you in your daily routine as well as overall life. Be it your work or personal issues, Shavasana teaches you to overcome challenging situations and handle them skillfully.

Additional read: Morning Yoga Exercise

Provides relaxation to your body 

One of the important Shavasana benefits is that it helps calm your agitated body cells after a yoga workout. By replenishing and energizing your cells, Shavasana provides good rejuvenation. Your body may be in a state of rest, but you may be burning calories when you practice this pose after completing other yoga asanas. This relaxation helps in reducing your anxiety and stress. If you remain under stress, it can affect your mental and physical well-being. By practicing Shavasana, you can minimize the pressure created on the muscles.

Boosts your concentration 

When doing Shavasana, your body and mind have to be aligned. During this pose, your mind concentrates on different regions in the body, thereby enhancing your focus. Shavasana helps improve your cognitive skills too. As you keenly focus on each part of your body, your brain cells get energized and rejuvenated. This way, your memory skills improve too. 

Enhances your metabolism 

Are you aware that happiness is linked to calorie loss? That's exactly how Shavasana benefits your body. By going into a state of relaxation, you become positive and energized. When there is positive energy, you feel happy and content. This speeds up your metabolism and helps you shed extra weight. Remember, excess anxiety and stress can increase your weight by slowing down your metabolism. Practice Shavasana and stay happy!

Shavasana Benefits

Regularizes your sleeping patterns by curing insomnia 

Insomnia is a condition in which you experience trouble sleeping. You are either unable to sleep at regular intervals or for prolonged hours without any disturbance. Shavasana is a simple yoga pose that helps reduce your insomnia issues. Since the pose involves no additional movements, Shavasana helps you practice deep breathing. Once you master the technique of deep breathing, your blood circulation improves. This helps your body eliminate unwanted toxins and restores positive energy. As you feel relaxed, your sleeping pattern also regularizes.

Reduces tiredness from your body 

While practicing yoga helps boost your physical and mental health, doing Shavasana can lower your fatigue. When your body is tired, you may feel lethargic when completing your daily chores. By practicing Shavasana, you are able to relax properly and also be more aware of your state of mind. This helps reduce your anxiety and makes you more energetic. This helps you complete your work productively.

Now that you are familiar with Shavasana's meaning and its benefits, remember to practice Shavasana regularly. Take the help of a certified yoga instructor to understand the various Shavasana steps and benefits. For more assistance, you may reach out to experienced Ayurveda therapists on Bajaj Finserv Health. Get a doctor consultation either in-person or online and clear all doubts on Shavasana and other yoga poses. Learn to do it the right way and experience the bliss of yoga!

Published on 24 Jun 2022Last updated on 13 Apr 2023
  1. https://www.artofliving.org/yoga/yoga-poses/corpse-pose-shavasana
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6432817/

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Dr. Vibha Choudhary

Medically reviewed by

Dr. Vibha Choudhary

, Bachelor in Physiotherapy (BPT)


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