Corpse Pose

Corpse Pose


The corpse pose is a relaxation pose in yoga where one lies flat on their back with arms and legs extended. It is often used at the end of a yoga practice to help calm the mind and body.

Muscle Group

Equipment Required

Corpse Pose Instructions

  1. Start by lying flat on your back with your arms and legs extended.
  2. Allow your feet to fall out to the sides and your arms to rest at your sides, palms facing up.
  3. Close your eyes and take deep breaths, focusing on relaxing your entire body.
  4. Stay in this position for 5-10 minutes, or as long as you feel comfortable.
  5. To come out of the pose, slowly begin to wiggle your fingers and toes, then roll onto your right side and rest there for a few breaths.
  6. Finally, use your right hand to push yourself up into a seated position.

Corpse Pose Form & Visual

Corpse Pose

Corpse Pose Benefits

  • Strengthens the quadriceps, glutes, and hamstrings
  • Improves balance and stability
  • Increases flexibility in the hips and ankles
  • Can be done with or without weights, making it accessible for all fitness levels
  • Engages the core muscles for added abdominal strength
  • May improve athletic performance in sports that require explosive lower body movements

Corpse Pose Muscles Worked

  • Abdominal muscles
  • Back muscles
  • Gluteal muscles
  • Hamstring muscles
  • Calf muscles
  • Shoulder muscles
  • Neck muscles

Corpse Pose Variations & Alternatives

  • Extended corpse pose
  • Supported corpse pose
  • Twisted corpse pose
  • Corpse pose with legs up the wall
  • Corpse pose with a bolster under the knees