Yoga Pose: Balasana

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This is Balasana, pronounced (bah-LAHS-anna) or Child’s pose. It is a gentle resting pose that stretches the hips, thighs, and legs while calming the mind and relieving stress and tension. It’s also a great resting pose between other, stronger postures.

Benefits:

  • Gently stretches your lower back, hips, thighs, knees, and ankles

  • Relaxes your spine, shoulders, and neck

  • Increases blood circulation to your head, helping to minimise headache or migraine symptoms

instructions:

1. From a table pose, exhale and lower the hips to the heels and bring the forehead to the floor (or place on a block.) Bring the knees together or spread the knees further apart if that feels better.

2. Place the arms overhead with the palms to the floor or the arms can be along side the body with the palms facing up.

3. Breathe slowly and deeply, drawing the belly into the thighs on the inhale.

4. Inhale and exhale deeply and hold for 4-12 breaths.