Pose of the Month: Child's Pose (Balasana)
Sanskrit name and meaning
(bah-LAHS-anna) bala = child
This gentle hip-opener inspires gratitude as you fold forward into yourself and rest near the earth.
Step 1 – Come to your hands and knees on the floor. Bring your big toes together and your knees wide.
Step 2 - Lay your torso down between your thighs, and rest your forehead on your mat, blanket, or yoga block.
Step 3 – Stretch your arms out in front of you and settle your hips back to your heels.
Step 4 – Stay for anywhere from 30 seconds to several minutes.
Step 5 – Press into your hands and lift your torso up to come out of the pose.
Gently stretches the hips, thighs and ankles
Helps relieve stress and fatigue
Can relieve back pain
If you have a knee injury or have difficulty sending your hips back to your heels, place a folded blanket between the back of the thighs and calves.
If your ankles are tight or you experience any pain, place a folded blanket under your ankles.
If you experience shoulder pain, bring your arms by your sides.
Option to support your torso and head to create a more restorative version of this pose.