The Child’s Pose: Balasana
The child’s pose or ‘Balasana’ assumes the shape of a baby crawling on the floor. This is a Balasana Yoga pose and is considered to be suited for the beginners.
Balasana can lengthen the spine by stretching it. This asana can gently release tension from the neck and back while stretching the ankles, hip and thighs. Experts also suggest that this pose is great to calm your brain by promoting circulation and releasing stress and fatigue. The child’s pose is also suggested to tone our internal organs especially the heart and the lungs and improve their functions.
How to do the Child’s Pose?
- Sit straight on your heels with big toes touching each other and soles facing the ceiling.
- Keep your arms relaxed on both of your thighs and knees at hip-width apart.
- While exhaling, slowly bend the front part (from the buttock) of your body, till it touches your thighs.
- Extend your spine by slightly raising your hip so that your head touch the floor.
- Arms can be turned backwards( palms facing up towards the ceiling) towards your feet or can be stretched forward along the sides of your head.
- Initially, try to hold on to this position for few seconds.
- While inhaling, come back to your normal position.
You can practice this asana on a yoga mat or placing your forehead on a folded blanket. In case you have ankle or knee problem, you may not want to practice this asana as this can worsen your condition. You may not want to ‘overstretch’ yourself If in case it hurts while stretching.