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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Balasana - Child's Pose

The Child Pose is a relaxation pose which is used to normalize the circulation after the Head Stand and to give a counter stretch to the spine after the backward bends. It is a resting pose that can be done to precede or follow any pose. Performing the Child Pose stretches the hips, thighs and ankles gently. It also helps relieve stress and fatigue, and calms the brain. However, you need to observe caution in practicing the Child Pose when you are suffering from diarrhea or knee injury as it may worsen your ailment when not done properly. Pregnant women should also avoid doing the Child Pose. Practicing under the supervision of an experienced Yoga teacher is advised.

Procedure for Doing Balasana - Child's Pose

  1. Find a large enough space where you will be able to spread your entire body on the floor.
  2. Lay your yoga mat and towel or blanket on the floor and lay down on your back with your legs stretched out and your arms at your side.
  3. Sit up and tuck your legs underneath you so that your body is resting on your knees.
  4. Touch your toes together and spread your knees as far apart as you are comfortably able. Do not stretch more than is comfortable for your body. Flexibility varies from person to person.
  5. Lean forward and touch your head to the mat, or as far forward as you are able to hang your head. Put your arms at your side or extend them up so that they are resting next to your ears on the mat.

Benefits of Balasana - Child's Pose

  • Gently stretches the hips, thighs, and ankles

  • Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and fatigue

  • Relieves back and neck pain when done with head and torso supported

Balasana - Child's Pose Video