Child's Pose

Balasana

Child's Pose

What is Child's Pose?

Child's pose, or balasana in Sanskrit, is a gentle forward fold that's often used as a counter pose to backbends. With the legs folded under the body, the yogi leans forward and rests their forehead on the ground. This position gently stretches the body while relieving stress and fatigue.

Instructions

  • Begin in thunderbolt pose with the legs folded under.
  • Exhale and bend forward, lowering the forehead to the floor.
  • Rest the arms alongside the body, palms facing up.
  • Breathe deeply while holding the pose.

Cautions

  • Support the head with a block or stacked fists if it does not reach the floor

Benefits of Child's Pose

  • Gently stretches the hips, thighs, spine and shoulders
  • Stimulates digestion
  • Relieves stress, anxiety and fatigue
  • Calms the mind

Child's Pose Details

Sanskrit Name
Balasana
Pronunciation
bah-LAH-sah-nah
Pose Level
Beginner
Drishti
Bhrumadhye (Third Eye)
Pose Type
Forward Bends, Restorative, Seated Poses
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