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Balasana – Childs Pose

Sitting on the heels, fold forward and lower the body over the thighs, extending the arms forward and lower the head down.

Variations:

  • Arms alongside body, palms facing up, relaxing the shoulders down.
  • Knees wide to give space in the belly area
  • Forehead/arms on bolster if coming forward isn’t comfortable

Uses:

  • As a sequence start pose to ground and connect with the breath
  • As a counterpose to a back bend
  • To encourage the breath to settle and slow during a strong sequence
  • When held for some time in a Yin class this pose compresses the Stomach and Spleen meridian and the stretches the Kidney and Urinary Bladder Meridian.

Benefits:

  • A healing, calming pose
  • Gently stretches the spine
  • Gentle compression on the stomach benefiting the digestive organs
  • Stretches the hips, thighs, ankles

Contraindications:

  • Digestive Pains, Diarrhea
  • Pregnancy, especially in third trimester.  Try using a bolster to support body.
  • Knee injuries, use a towel or blanket rolled between the thighs and calves, go slowly.

Any questions just ask.

 

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