Restorative Yoga Pose: Balasana - "Child's Pose"

Okay ladies, here's another great restorative yoga position that's great for relaxation!  SO easy to do!!  Give it a whirl!  :)


There are also variations to this pose.  You can do this with your knees together or apart and with your arms either at your side (as described below) or with your arms stretched out in front of you for a nice, yummy spinal stretch.


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Balasana - "Child's Pose"



  1. Kneel on the floor. Touch your big toes together and sit on your heels, then separate your knees about as wide as your hips.

  2. Exhale and lay your torso down between your thighs. Broaden your sacrum across the back of your pelvis and narrow your hip points toward the navel, so that they nestle down onto the inner thighs. Lengthen your tailbone away from the back of the pelvis while you lift the base of your skull away from the back of your neck.

  3. Lay your hands on the floor alongside your torso, palms up, and release the fronts of your shoulders toward the floor. Feel how the weight of the front shoulders pulls the shoulder blades wide across your back.

  4. Balasana is a resting pose. Stay anywhere from 30 seconds to a few minutes. Beginners can also use Balasana to get a taste of a deep forward bend, where the torso rests on the thighs. Stay in the pose from 1 to 3 minutes. To come up, first lengthen the front torso, and then with an inhalation lift from the tailbone as it presses down and into the pelvis.


 Benefits:




  • Gently stretches the hips, thighs, and ankles

  • Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and fatigue

  • Relieves back and neck pain when done with head and torso supported



Beginner's Tips:
We usually don't breathe consciously and fully into the back of the torso. Balasana provides us with an excellent opportunity to do just that. Imagine that each inhalation is "doming" the back torso toward the ceiling, lengthening and widening the spine. Then with each exhalation release the torso a little more deeply into the fold.

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Posted on January 7, 2012 at 7:54 am
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Ahhh my spine is so happy here!

Posted on January 7, 2012 at 12:16 pm
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Yay!!!! Another position! We'll become Yoga Master with this tread!!!!

Posted on January 8, 2012 at 2:18 am
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I love doing this stretch! 

Posted on January 9, 2012 at 3:50 am
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I totally agree ladies!  It's so simple, yet so relaxing - one of my faves too.  :)

Posted on February 11, 2012 at 6:01 am

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