Monday, October 10, 2011

Asanas: Balasana (Child's Pose)

Balasana (Child's Pose)

Bala = child





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Step by Step
1. Kneel on the floor. Bring your feet together underneath you and sit onto your heels. Bring your knees hip distance apart.


2. Exhale and slowly bring your torso forward to your thighs. Intentional lengthen your tailbone away from your pelvis and your skull from the back of your neck.


3. Lay your arms alongside your torso, palms up. Relax your shoulders towards the floor and feel your shoulder blades widen.


4. This pose is a resting pose, so how long you spend here is entirely up to you. It is often used as a repose between sequences or individually as a restorative posture.
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Benefits
* Very gently stretches the thighs, hips, torso, neck, pelvis, and ankles. 
* Back and neck pain relief
* Calming and restorative to aid stress and fatigue
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Modifications/ Variations
* If you have difficulty sitting over your heels (knee problems or flexibility) place a rolled up towel or bolster between your thighs and calves.
* To lengthen the spine bring the arms overhead, palms down. 

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Contraindications
* Knee injury
* Pregnancy
* Digestive problems
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Child's Pose is one of my favorites. It's a beautiful and relatively simple restorative posture that can be used alone or in a sequence to calm and ease. Postpartum I have been doing this pose often upon waking if the babe is not restless or before bedtime. It is a great pose to simply breathe into, slow down, and just be.


Namaste.
Tara

1 comment:

sai krupa said...

Really its good to have the post on balasana that provides necessary terms in doing it, Thanks for the valuable share...