Child’s Pose

Balasana

June 20, 2016    BY Yoga International

POSE TYPE

Kneeling

POSE CATEGORY

Forward Bend

PRONUNCIATION

bah-LAHS-uh-nuh

Setup and Key Actions

From hands and knees, bring your big toes to touch, sit back on your heels, lengthen through your spine, and rest your forehead on the floor. You can extend your arms forward or rest them alongside you. Relax your face and your jaw. Notice the places in your body that move as you breathe.  

Modifications

If having your thighs together in this pose feels uncomfortable, keep your big toes together but separate your knees as wide apart as you like. If child's pose bothers your knees, you can place a rolled up blanket behind them or practice with your hips a foot or so higher in the air (puppy pose), which can also be a nice variation if traditional child's pose bothers your lower back.

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