Balasana – Child’s Pose
What is Balasana – Child’s Pose?
The word Balasana is split into ‘Bal’ and ‘Asana’. The word ‘Bal’ comes from the Sanskrit word which means child and ‘asana’ means ‘posture’. It is a good relaxation posture.
Bal meaning child and asana meaning position, Bālāsana is thus one of the most gentle, relaxing yet invigorating poses. Translated as Child’s Pose, it is a basic starting pose for many asnans, but can be practiced actively by itself through correct breathing. It is also a counter asana for asanas which draw the blood against gravity, like Sirsasana.
The pose relieves stress (and neck pain as an extension) by gently stretching the leg muscles from the hips to ankles.
Caution: Do not perform this pose when you have diarrhea and during pregnancy.
Here’s a step by step guide:
- Kneel down. Sit on your heels by aligning your big toes. Let the distance between your knees be as much as between your hips
- Exhale and bend forward, placing your torso down.
- Spread your hips and stretch the tailbone as you allow your head to gently touch the ground before your knees; do not strain neck, lengthen from the spine.
- Now rest your palms up on the floor in way that they are parallel to your body. You will experience a pull in your shoulder blades across your back as you stretch more.
- Since Balasana is a resting pose, maintain this pose for anywhere from 30 seconds to a few minutes.
- To release the pose, lift torso with an inhalation.
- Tip: Make the pose work more by stretching your arms forward and lifting your buttocks a little away from your heels. This should push your arms longer.
- Now, without moving your hands try to place buttocks on heels again.
Balasana – Child’s Pose Steps
1. Sit on the yoga mat on the floor.
2. Kneel down on your knees. Place your knees a little wide apart in the same way as your hips.
3. Your toes must be facing the floor.
4. Now sit straight in Vajrasana position. Make your spine erect.
5. Exhale slowly and bend your body forwards towards your thighs. The floor should feel your forehead.
6. Place your hands besides your legs so that they are completely in resting position.
7. Once you touch the floor with your forehead, start counting your inhalations and exhalations. Relax your body in this position. Hold up to 1 minute. Do not give any kind of strain to your body.
8. After you release go back to Vajrasana position and then come out of this asana.
Balasana – Child’s Pose Benefits
1. It gently stretches your lower back, hips, thigs, knees and ankles.
2. It relaxes your spine, shoulders and neck.
3. It increases blood circulation towards head and reduces headaches.
4. It massages your internal organs.
5. It calms the mind, thus relieving one from stress and tension.
Balasana – Child’s Pose Dos and Don’ts
Don’t perform this asana if you are suffering from knee injuries or problems like cartilage or ligament tears.Also, if you suffer from ankle problems, then avoid this asana. Avoid this asana if you are pregnant or suffering from high blood pressure, diarrhoea, eye or ear infections.