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Child’s Pose

 

Child's pose

Child's pose

Child's Pose or Balasana is a simple resting posture yet some people have difficulties with it. Here are some helpful tips:

How to do it:

Kneeling on your mat,  bring your bottom back towards your heals. Extend your arms forward and let your forehead rest on the mat.

Tips: 

If you find your forehead does not reach the floor, use a block or stack your fists one on top of the other to rest on them instead.

If your have pain in your knees, use a blanket or double stack your mat for an extra cushion.

If you are uncomfortable constricting the abdomen, widen your knees to create more space.

If you do not like extending your arms forward, bring them back towards the heals instead.

Take the time to breathe fully and relax.  It is a good time to reconnect with your practice intention or set a new one.

Child's Pose is used in between other strenuous poses or on its own. This pose helps to calm the brain, relieve stress, and reduce fatigue.  It also helps to stretch your back, hips, and thighs. Talk to your yoga teacher before doing it while pregnant or if you have knee problems.