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Balasana – Childs Pose

Balasana, or childs pose, is a beginner level position that aims to stretch your hips, thighs and ankles.

 

The health benefits associated with the balasana pose primarily focuses on calming the mind, body and spirit. It achieves this by focusing on the third eye point. At the same time, the back is stretched and the abdominal organs are gently massaged to increase the rate of your digestion.

 

However, if you have recently suffered from knee, lower back or elbow injury, you should always consult a doctor before attempting the position. If possible, always arrange to learn this position under the supervision of an experienced teacher.

 

Instructions for Malasana
  • Begin by exhaling from the Table Pose (Catuspadapitham) whilst lowering the hips and forehead to the heels at the floor respectively
  • The arms can be extended in the forward or reverse position. In the forward position, extended the arms so that they lay overhead – with outstretched palms or closed fists positioned under the forehead. In the reverse position, the arms can be extended along the side of the body – with palms facing upwards
  • Take 5-15 slow and deep breaths. With each inhalation actively press the abdomen against the thighs
  • To disengage from the balasana position, place the palms under the shoulder and inhale. Slowly release yourself until you are re-positioned in the seated position

 

Required Preparatory Poses 

 

Follow-Up Poses Include:

 

Synonyms of Balasana: Childs Resting Pose, Garbhasana, Embryo Pose, Shashankasana Pose, Hare Pose
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