Half Happy Baby Pose

Ardha ananda balasana

What is Half Happy Baby Pose?

Half happy baby pose, or ardha ananda balasana in Sanskrit, is a beginner's hip opening pose and a variation on the full happy baby pose. Here, only one leg is raised; the outer arm holds the foot and the knee draws toward the floor. The pose is both relaxing and restorative.


  • Lie on the back.
  • Inhale and raise the right leg up.
  • Grasp the sole of the right foot with the right hand.
  • Exhale, bend the knee and use the hand to draw the knee toward the armpit, while simultaneously pushing the foot back into the hand.
  • Breathe while holding the pose. Change sides.


  • Bend the knee of the extended leg if needed.

Benefits of Half Happy Baby Pose

  • Stretches the hips
  • Opens the inner thighs and groin
  • Stretches the outer thighs
  • Lengthens the spine
  • Eases lower back tension
  • Stretches the chest and shoulders
  • Relaxes the mind

Half Happy Baby Pose Details
Sanskrit Name: Ardha ananda balasana
Pronunciation: ar-dhah ah-NAHN-dah bah-LAH-sah-nah
Pose Level: Beginner
Drishti: Nasagre (Tip of the nose)
Pose Type: Hip Openers, Restorative

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