Child's Pose

Definition - What does Child's Pose mean?

Child’s pose is a resting pose in which the yogi begins by sitting back on the heels with the knees hip-width apart and the palms on the thighs. The torso is then lowered toward the thighs while the arms stretch overhead and the forehead and palms rest on the floor. Finally, the arms are brought back to the sides, palms facing up. The practitioner should relax the shoulders and neck and breathe through the nostrils while holding the pose for one to two minutes or as long as it is comfortable.

Child's pose may also be referred to by its Sanksrit name, balasana.

Yogapedia explains Child's Pose

Child’s pose gently stretches the hips, thighs, back, arms, shoulders and neck, and helps to decrease stress, anxiety and fatigue. Many find it a helpful counter-pose to backward-bending poses. If the practitioner’s forehead does not reach the floor or if neck/back pain is present, a block or blanket can be used to support the head.

Deliberate breathing can amplify the benefits of the pose. Inhaling helps to lengthen the spine and widen the back, while exhaling allows the torso to lean more deeply into the fold.

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