Child’s Pose, or Balasana, is the perfect Yoga pose for when you need to get grounded; take a break from work or from parenting; or simply need a means to reset, recalibrate and reconnect to yourself.
Some of the benefits of practicing Child’s Pose are:
- It calms the mind and body
- It helps to alleviate stress and anxiety
- It gently stretches the back, knees, hips, thighs and ankles
- It helps to relieve tension in the back, shoulders and hips
- It is great to practice if you experience dizziness or fatigue
To get into Child’s pose, begin by kneeling on the floor and touching your big toes together while separating your knees hip-width distance apart. Next push your buttocks back so they are close to your heels and lay your torso down between your legs. Your chest will be positioned between your knees. Allow your forehead to completely rest on the floor or mat. If your head does not easily touch the floor, place a firm pillow or a yoga block underneath your forehead. You can decide to either reach your arms out in front of you or relax your arms back behind you, along side your body. Decide what is most comfortable for you. Stay in the pose anywhere from 30 seconds to a few minutes. You can also make the pose even more restorative by laying your torso over a bolster. To come out of the pose, place your hands underneath your shoulders and push yourself back up onto your hands and knees.Our hope is that you are using your yoga practice as a life tool. When we start to learn how potent and therapeutic these yoga poses are, we can begin to incorporate them into our lives, throughout our days, rather than only going into them in the 60 or 90 minute class led by our teachers. You will empower yourself, your health and well-being and your practice when you start to think of each asana as a tool to ground, reconnect and empower you. Having a home practice, even if it is a one-pose practice will certainly help you to embody and appreciate your most authentic self.