Balasana - Child Pose
"Bala" means 'child' in Sanskrit.
- Kneel down on the floor.
- Knees and heels should be together.
- Rest your posterior on the heels.
- Spread your knees apart.
- Bend your trunk forward and bring the head down.
- Touch the forehead on the floor.
- The abdomen should be in between the thighs.
- Extend your hands back to reach the ankle.
- Place your palms on the floor face turned down.
- Stay in this posture for about 30 seconds, breathing normally.
- Raise your body gradually straight up, as you inhale.
- Exhale and return to normal sitting position.
- Expectant mothers should never practice Balasana.
- Persons with knee injury should avoid this pose.
- If you are suffering from diarrhea, do not perform this yoga pose.
- This asana provides relaxation of body and mind.
- The spinal column becomes stronger.
- Balasana can help you overcome fatigue.
- You can get relief from back and neck pain.
- Your entire back, hips, thighs and knees get a good stretch and thus get relaxed.