Child’s Pose – Balasana
Do you often feel tired and exhausted? Do you have enough time to relax and unwind? The most common excuses we use to avoid any exercise or relaxation period is that there is not enough time for such activities.
Ask yourself, what is really the priority in your life? If you ask me, my answer would be health of my mind, body and deep peace. The techniques and exercises practiced in yoga are known as deep relaxation exercises.
Yoga postures often imitate animals for their naturalness, relaxation and innocence. The same is the case with children. Children are by nature more relaxed and free than adults. There are a series of child’s poses in yoga, and one of the most commonly used is shown here.
Child’s Pose Benefits
- Gently stretches and relaxes the lower back, hips, ankles and thighs.
- It calms and relaxes the central nervous system because it gives a feeling of safety and carelessness.
- Relieves stress and reduces the feeling of fatigue.
- Relieves back and neck pain.
- Deep breathing in this position allows better ventilation of the lungs as well as a light massage of the abdomen.
- Reduces muscle tension and lowers blood pressure.
- Adapted version with spread knees is practiced during pregnancy!
How to Do Balasana?
Sit on your heels, put your hands next to your feet. Breathe in and with the exhalation slowly come into the fold so that your forehead touches the floor and the belly of your thighs while your arms are extended by your body. If you can’t lower your forehead to the floor, place your fist over your fist and rest them on the floor in front of you. Hold the position for 30 seconds to several minutes.
Variations of Balasana – Child’s Pose
For the asana Balasana there is also a variant with joined palms above the head (Namaskar position). You can also extend your arms in front of you and increase the stretch of the back and shoulder girdle, this way you will enter the so-called rabbit position (Shashankasana).