Balasana - Child's Pose

The name comes from the Sanskrit words bala meaning "child" and asana meaning "posture".Balasana is a resting pose that you can do as a recovery or relaxation pose between any other pose;or simply as a way to cool down and rest.Somewhat similar to a fetus position,Balasana helps your spinal column relax.The calming effect that this pose provides also induces a wonderful sense of physical, emotional,mental and spiritual surrender.
Benefits : Gently stretches your lower back, hips, thighs, knees, and ankles
Relaxes you spine,shoulders,and neck
Increases blood circulation to your head which reduces headaches
Massages your internal organs
Calms the mind (central nervous system) thus helping relieve stress and tension

Knee injury: Avoid Balasana unless you have the supervision of an experienced teacher.
Note: Beginners:If your head doesn’t reach the floor you can use a block or pillow to rest it on.Rest in Child’s Pose at any time if you get tired or out of breath.Rejoin the class when you are ready.
Avoid doing this asana. Read this section carefully before you do it.
Avoid the practice of this pose if you suffer from
Ankle problems
High blood pressure,eye or ear infections

How to do this asana:

Start with your knees and tops of your feet on the floor with the feet together and touching.With your knees apart,rest your belly and chest between the legs. Place your head on the floor,and stretch the arms out in front of you.
Step 1: Kneel on the floor,touching your big toes together.
Step 2: Sit back on your heels,and separate your knees hip-width apart keeping your spine straight.
Step 3: Now exhale slowly and bend your body forwards towards your thighs. Your forehead should touch the ground.
Step 4: Either stretch the arms in front of you with the palms toward the floor or bring the arms back alongside the thighs with the palms facing upwards.Do whichever feel more comfortable to you.
Step 5: Stay in this pose from 30 seconds to a few minutes and try to relax your body in this position for a while.Inhale and come back to starting position.

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