POSTURE BREAKDOWN: Child's Pose (Balasana)
Child's Pose (Balasana)
- Kneel on the ground.
- Press your big toes together, separate your knees wider than hips distance apart, and sit back on your hips.
- Reach your arms out in front of you, palms down to the ground reaching forward.
- Lengthen your spine by reaching your tailbone back towards your heels and the top of your head forward.
- Rest your forehead on the ground.
- Hold for 30 seconds to a few minutes.
- After a few minutes, rise back up on your knees.
MODIFICATION: For a shoulder release, keep your arms along your body reaching your hands back to your feet. Palms up or grasp onto your heels. Release your shoulders to the ground.
Benefits (Source: Yoga Journal)
- Gently stretches the hips, thighs, and ankles
- Can calm the brain and help relieve stress and fatigue
Be cautious in this pose if you are pregnant.
Prep Poses (do these before child's pose)
- Any poses