Balasana, Childs Pose

Balasana

 

 

 

 

Balasana, also known as Child’s Pose, pronounced (Bah-LAHS-anna) is a resting pose that is incredibly powerful. It is important to maintain a particular focus on your breathing during this pose and to take full breaths throughout the entire exercise. This pose is perfect to get your breath in rhythm. As with any pose that stretches areas of the body that may not be used to being stretched, proceed slowly and do not push yourself past your limits. Your breathing provides a tool to go further into any pose but when you reach your body's stopping point it is important to listen. Doing the pose a few times a week will provide you the benefits and allow for your body to go into the full stretch over time. Balasana should be done on a good yoga mat and perhaps a blanket or cushion underneath to support the pose fully without the concern of feeling a hard surface. 

 

 

Cautions:

  • Knees. If you have bad knees or a knee injury work with an experienced yoga instructor to see if this pose is right for you. Sometimes a teacher might suggest alternate poses until the injury is healed. They may also recommend using a prop like a bolster.

 

Time:

  • Stay in this pose for 1-3 minutes

 

Benefits:

  • Stretches the Legs
  • Stretches the Hips
  • Stretches the Thighs
  • Great for neck and head
  • When supported, relieves back and neck pain
  • Helps to relieve stress and fatigue

 

 

Follow this link to a great video guide for Balasana, Childs Pose

BALASANA

 

 

I use some of the following Modifications:

  • Place a folded yoga blanket over your thighs tucked into your hip creases to provide a cushion between your abdomen and thighs.
  • Place a folded blanket under your buttocks and the back of your legs to provide cushion and where there would be space.
  • Use a bolster placed vertically from the lower abdomen up to the chest. Rest your head on the bolster. This is a fantastic Yin style resting pose. 
  • I rest my forehead on my hands instead of straightening my arms in front of me when I use this pose as my final pose in a series. 

 

 

Use this link to see the visual modification of this pose | See Here

 

 

 

 

Sat Nam ਸਤਿ ਨਾਮੁ

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Written by Soorya Kirti Kaur

 

 

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