Savasana

noun
Sa·​va·​sa·​na | \ shə-ˈvä-sə-nə How to pronounce Savasana (audio) \
variants: or Shavasana or less commonly savasana or shavasana

Definition of Savasana

yoga
: a meditative posture in which one lies on one's back that is typically considered the final resting pose in yoga Savasana is a pose of total relaxation—making it one of the most challenging.Yoga Journal

called also corpse pose

First Known Use of Savasana

1918, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Savasana

borrowed from Sanskrit śavāsana-, from śávaḥ "corpse" (perhaps noun derivative from the base of śváyati "it swells, grows") + āsanam asana — more at cyme

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Cite this Entry

“Savasana.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Savasana. Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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