Half Happy Baby Pose

Definition - What does Half Happy Baby Pose mean?

Half happy baby pose is a simple reclined posture that stretches the hips and promotes relaxation. Appropriate for any level of yogi, half happy baby pose is also known in Sanskrit as ardha ananda balasana.

To practice this pose, begin by lying on your back and then bend one knee and grasp the foot with both hands. The sole of the foot should face the sky, while the shin is perpendicular to the ground. To complete the pose, draw the knee toward the armpit, then lower the leg to the ground and repeat with the other leg.

Yogapedia explains Half Happy Baby Pose

While not a traditional yoga pose, half happy baby and the full expression of the pose, happy baby, are common in many styles of modern yoga. In addition to stretching the hips, half happy baby has the following benefits:

  • Opens the inner thighs and groin
  • Stretches the outer thighs
  • Lengthens the spine
  • Eases lower back tension
  • Stretches the chest and shoulders

Half happy baby pose serves as a preparatory posture for many seated asanas and as a restorative pose after a sequence of more challenging poses.

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