Balasana is so named as it refers to the basic fetal position and the subsequent child-like vulnerabilities that may be experienced as a result of the pose. Many even believe assuming this pose allows one to reconnect to primal memories of being in the womb.
While bowing one's forehead to the floor can often indicate surrender or weakness in the West, it is a dignified act of humility in its original Indian context.
Balasana provides the following spiritual benefits:
- Encourages introspection and contemplation
- Practices mindfulness
- Stimulates the third eye chakra
- Aligns breath and organs with spiritual energies
- Displays honor, devotion and humility