Corpse Pose, or Savasana (from the Sanskrit, sava: 'corpse', and asana: 'posture') is one of the most important postures of yoga. It is a relaxation pose intended to rejuvenate the body and the mind. Savasana encourages gentle relaxation. The practitioner lies down on the back, with eyes closed, and arms and legs spread at about 45 degrees. The whole body is relaxed with an awareness of each breath. All parts of the body are consciously relaxed, and control of the breath, the mind, and the body is released. The asana is ended by slowly deepening the breath, and slowly bringing movement back to the body.