Child’s Pose, sometimes known as Child’s Resting Pose or just Child Pose is one of the most famous Yoga Posture. It is a simple yet effective pose which needs precision and practice.
In this blog we will learn everything about Child’s Pose.
Child’s Pose and its Benefits
The name Child’s Pose is the English translation of the Sanskrit name Balasana. Balasana consists of two Sanskrit words bala means child and asana means posture.
As we said, Child’s Pose is a simple but effectual yoga pose. A practitioner can attain numerous physical and mental benefits from its practice.
- Child’s Pose\ Child Pose gives a good stretch to hips, thighs, shoulders, knees and back.
- It develops the strength and flexibility of shoulders, back and ankles.
- It is great for lower back pain and headaches too.
- Its regular practice also gives a nice massage to internal abdominal organs, that stimulates digestion
- Improved blood circulation is one of the advantages of practicing Balasana.
- Regular practice of Child’s pose helps to soothe and calm the mind.
- It is a great posture to alleviate stress and fatigue by releasing the tension of the body and take it to the relaxation mode.
- Since it provides relaxation and soothes the mind, the practitioner gets a sound sleep. This way it is also helpful for insomniac people.
- It is extremely helpful for the people who suffer from anxiety.
- Child’s pose is considered a good restorative asana because it revitalizes and invigorates the body and the mind.
Steps to do Child’s Pose (Balasana)
Here we are mentioning quite simple and easy steps to do Balasana\ Child Pose.
- At first, go down on your knees and sit in a way that your hips touch your heels
- Next, slowly bend to the fore and as you exhale, position your torso in the middle of the thighs
- Then, extend your arms to the front with the palms on the floor
- Now press your stomach against the floor and the torso against the thighs and breathe slowly and deeply
- Make sure to look forward and not downwards
- Hold the position for few seconds
- Then come back to the opening pose by releasing the pose gradually
Precautions to be taken while practicing the Child’s Pose
If you know even the slightest of yoga, you must be aware that every yoga asana needs precision and proper guidance. You cannot practice proper yoga just by imitating anybody, you need a proper guidance. This is the reason people join yoga classes and yoga teacher training to learn about yoga under an expert yoga teacher.
Let us look at some precautions that should be taken while practicing Balasana.
- Do not attempt this pose if you have serious neck, lower back or knee injury.
- If someone is pregnant, they can do this yoga posture with a variation. Just broaden your legs and avoid pressing your belly firmly on the thighs.
- In case you fail to rest your butts on your heels, you can use a folded sheet or blanket for the support.
- You can also use a fine pillow or blanket to support your forehead.
- Remember, it is all right to use mat, sheet, blanket or basically anything to support your practice.
- If you have any chronic or recent injury, or any other kind of sickness, do consult the doctor.
- The most important thing, make sure to practice with or under someone having experience of yoga.