Child’s pose was known initially as Balasana. The word Balasana originates from the Sanskrit word ‘Bala’ meaning child and ‘Asana’ meaning pose. Child’s pose is relaxing and practiced by yogis of all levels. Many yogis, including the staff at surrender to happiness, look forward to this pose as it can be used in between more challenging asanas and sequences.
It also benefits the mind, body, and soul in many different ways. When sitting in child’s pose, the abdominal muscles relax on the thighs and become slightly compressed, which elongates the lower back and stretches the muscles in the hips, thighs, and ankles. As many of us hold a lot of weight in our lower bodies daily, this can be very therapeutic.
Child’s pose can help relax and soothe the mind. When sitting in this pose you are resting your third eye chakra (the point in between your eyebrows) on the floor. This has an instant calming effect and releases stress and tension. To begin practicing child’s pose clear a space for your yoga mat and get comfortable, before following these steps:
- Begin in tabletop (hands shoulder-width apart and knees hip-width apart on the floor) or downward dog.
- Open up your knees, touch your toes touching together (if you have tight thighs, keep your knees together).
- Sit back on your knees and reach your body forward towards the floor. Your chest should be resting on your thighs and forehead on the floor.
- You can either stretch your arms forward, pushing from your armpits, and elongating your fingers. If you prefer, you can hold your arms by the side of you. Palms are facing upwards (this gives a deeper stretch).
- Equalize your breathing by taking deep long breaths. Close your eyes and focus on your third eye chakra.
- You can hold this pose for as long as you feel comfortable with.
Child’s pose will relax your body and stretch the ligaments and joints to stop stiffness. It can also help digestion and mindfulness.
Next time your back is feeling stiff after sitting at a desk all day, or you’ve spent all day standing at work. Or even if you feel like you need a deep relaxing stretch try sitting in child’s pose for a few minutes.
For more wellness tips and information check out the wellbeing section of our blog. And remember to tag us at @surrender_to_happiness on Instagram if you try this pose. Finally for information on the warrior poses click here.