Submitted by Thiruvelan on Tue, 06/25/2013
Balasana - Child Pose

Balasana is a Sanskrit words “bala” means child and “asana” means pose. It is a resting asana got this name because of the fetal position.  
Child pose is a relaxation yoga, which can normalize the circulation after the Headstand. It also helps relieve stress and fatigue, and calm the brain.

How do you do Child-pose?

  • Kneel down with your buttocks over or near your heels pointed outward, toes together and with your legs slightly apart.
  • Bend downs your hips forward, folding your upper part of the body onto your thighs. Forehead rests on the floor.
  • Place your arms on the floor next to your legs, palms up. If you wish, you can also extend your arms on the floor in front of you, palms down with elbows relaxed.
  • Let your shoulders round, breathe deeply and relaxed.
  • Remain in the pose for one to two minutes.
  • Slowly raise your body and return to the kneeling position.

If you find difficulty to perform this pose as said above, try placing the feet one over the other and rest the buttocks on them. Gradually move the toes further apart, separate the feet and bring them to rest outside the thighs.

Benefits of Child’s Pose

This is a relaxation pose; perform in-between yoga to normalize blood circulation and relaxation.

  • A healing, restful pose can do any time when you need a break. It calms the mind and body. It alleviates stress, anxiety, dizziness and fatigue.
  • Gentle compression of the abdominal organs and chest benefits digestion and encourages steady breathing.
  • It stretches and lengthens the spine and relieves tension from neck, lower back, shoulders and chest.
  • Normalizes blood circulation throughout the body, the body is in a position when you are in the mother’s womb.
  • Cures rheumatic pains in the knees and gout, and is good for flat feet.
  • Relief from pain in the heels or growth of calcaneal spurs will gradually disappear.