Happy Baby Pose

Definition - What does Happy Baby Pose mean?

Happy baby pose is an easy, stress-relieving yoga pose that gently stretches the lower back and calves, while opening the groin and inner thighs.

From lying down on the back, the knees are bent and brought towards the chest. The hands hold the outer edges of the feet as the knees and feet open wider then the torso. Ankles should be stacked over the knees with the shins perpendicular to the floor. If it feels appropriate, the practitioner can rock from side to side, providing a deeper release for the inner groin.

Happy baby pose may also be referred to by its Sanskrit name, ananda balasana.

Yogapedia explains Happy Baby Pose

Happy baby pose increases vitality and releases neck strain and tightness. This pose helps lengthen and realign the spine as well as strengthens the arms and shoulders. As a gently stretching pose, it is recommended to practice it at the beginning or end of a yoga practice.

If it is not easy to hold the feet with the hands, beginners can hold each foot with a yoga strap that's looped around the arch of the foot. Some practitioners prefer to hook the big toes with the index and middle fingers of each hand. It's also acceptable to hold the inside of the foot instead of the outside.

Those with serious neck injuries, recent surgery or herniated disks should avoid practicing this pose. Also, pregnant women should be very careful in this pose.

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