#34 Balasana – Child Pose

Child’s pose is an excellent resting pose that’s practiced in almost every yoga class. It is useful after strenuous postures like headstand in order to restore the body’s natural circulation or as a counter pose to back bends. It’s a very calming pose that can put you into a deep relaxation. The pose is called Child’s pose because you form the shape of a baby and your spine is curved naturally like a fetus.

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Performing Child’s Pose has many great benefits to the body and mind. Your head is lower then your heart, therefore you receive more circulation in the face. It works on muscle groups within the body and can be a natural therapy for relieving stress, anxiety, fatigue and depression.

This calming pose relaxes the brain, and helps to clear the mind of any negative thought. It helps you to focus and is a good aid for those who suffer from panic attacks.

Steps:

  1. Start with table pose.
  2. Maintaining the position of the hands, exhale while you sit back on your heels and rest your upper body on the thighs.
  3. Keep your forehead on the floor.
  4. Place your arms next to you with hands adjacent to feet and palms facing up.
  5. Exhale when you release the hips to the heels and feel your spine lengthening.
  6. Remain in this pose for up to 2 minutes.
  7. Release the pose by inhaling when pressing the hands into the floor to lift yourself to seated position.

Benefits:

  • Stretches the legs: ankles, thighs, hips, knees
  • Relieves stress and fatigue
  • Calming
  • Releases back tension
  • Releases neck tension

Cautions:

  • Avoid if you have a serious back, knee or high blood pressure problem.
  • Pregnant women should avoid doing this pose.
  • Avoid this pose if you suffering from are or had recently suffered from diarrhea.

 

Hope you enjoyed!

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