Salamba Balasana

Definition - What does Salamba Balasana mean?

Salamba balasana is a supported and gentle variation on the simpler balasana. From Sanskrit, salamba means “supported,” bala means “child” and asana means “pose."

In this asana, the toes are together, with the sit bones on the heels. Then the body folds forward over any arrangement of bolsters, blocks and props that allows the torso to be completely supported and the body to relax. The head can turn to one side at a time, and the arms can rest beside the bolsters or wrap under, depending on the arrangement of the props.

Salamba balasana may also be referred to in English as supported child’s pose.

Yogapedia explains Salamba Balasana

As well as all the back releasing benefits of balasana, salamba balasana provides additional calming and soothing effects to restore the body and mind. It releases tension and allows the mind to enter a more healing, soothed state. It is a good place to connect with the breath through the movement of the belly as air flows into and out of the body.

Traditionally, salamba balasana, like balasana, is associated with the svadisthana chakra. Working with postures that stimulate this chakra is said to help improve imagination and vitality, enhancing the yogi’s innate creativity. The mental focus can be taken to the pelvic area while practicing salamba balasana to heighten this effect.

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