ESSENTIAL YOGA POSTURES PART II
Dear Yogis, welcome back to another post in our series of commonly practiced yoga asanas. Today we are having a closer look on everybody’s favorite resting spot – CHILD’S POSE. It is often the first asana that opens a class, as it helps us to calm down and brings the body into a state of relaxation.
SANSKRIT: Balasana / बालासन
MEANING: In Sanskrit „bala“ means child and asana posture or position.
In this pose, the body rests with the face down on the mat in a fetal position, hence the name child’s pose. The arms are placed on both sides of the body with the hands either towards the feet or stretched out in front. If comfortable, the chest may rest on the knees and the forehead may touch the front of the mat. The breath should be slow and deep, with the belly actively pressing against the thighs on the inhale. Hold the breath for at least 5-10 breaths.
If you have open hips or want to increase hip flexibility, you can try to slide your upper body between your legs on onto the floor, while opening your knees to both sides.
- Balasana is a restorative pose that calms the nervous system and clarifies the mind as it gently puts pressure onto the third eye chakra.
- It is a great way to release lower back pain, streching and lengthening the lower part of the spine.
- It stimulates digestion and elimination as it massages the internal digestive organs and abdomen.
- Child’s pose is a great counter stretch after back bending positions and inversions, helping to bring the body into a balanced state. It is also often used as a resting pose in between Vinyasa flows or at anytime during the practice.
QUEEN MILA’S PRO TIP:
The next time you feel stressed out or have back pain, roll out your mat and take a 5 minute rest in child’s pose – it does wonders. But don’t you dare think you will ever look as classy as she does while practicing Balasana – it’s simply impossible!
Thank to Roland Fischer for the awsome picture.