Childs pose also known as Balasana is one of the poses you can come into any class when you need a bit of a rest. There are different versions, which I’m going to explain below.
- Kneeling your mat, bring your knees together
- Fold over your legs and melt your forehead to the floor
- Bring your hands to your feet and let your shoulders round over
- Relax here for as long as you want to
Extended Childs Pose
- Kneeling on your mat, bring the two big toes together
- Bring the knees as wide as the mat and your hands onto the mat in front of you
- Start walking your hands away from you and fold over your legs until your forehead is touching the mat
- Melt your heart down and let everything go
Tips on how to do it
- You can put a block under your forehead to bring the mat up to you
- Release your torso on your exhale
- You can bring the palms of your hands together over your head, like a shark fin. This is nice for the shoulders and upper arms.
- Gently stretches the hips, thighs, and ankles
- Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and fatigue
- Relieves back and neck pain, when done with head and torso supported
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