April 1, 2011
Child’s Pose (Balasana)
Benefits: Gently stretches the hips, thighs and ankles. Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and fatigue. Relieves back and neck pain when done with head and torso supported. Balasana is a resting pose.
Cautions: If you are experiencing diarrhea, pregnancy, or if you have a knee injury, avoid practicing Balasana, or ask an experienced teacher for modifications.
Tips for practicing:
1.) Kneel on the floor, set your knees hip-width apart and touch your big toes together.
2.) Exhale, draw the sit bones back toward the heels and bring your forehead to the floor (or a block).
3.) Lay the tailbone heavy on the heels (or a rolled blanket) while you lift the base of your skull away from the back of your neck.
4.) Breathe into the space behind the heart and feel the upper back expanding.
5.) Set an intention of openness, connecting to the infinite, or receiving.
6.) Feel the freedom of a child who is cared for by the universe without worry.