Child’s Pose

The Child’s Pose (Balasana) is a simple and easy forward bending exercise. This makes it a suitable counterpose for backbend exercises like the Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana) and the Camel Pose (Ustrasana).

Instructions

Sit on your heels, place your torso on your thighs, let your forehead rest on the mat and lay your arms alongside your body, palms facing upward. Relax your entire body, especially your shoulders. Stay in this posture for a few moments.

Child's Pose

Variation

As a variation, you can stretch your arms forward.

Benefits

  • good counterpose for backbend poses
  • massages the abdominal organs (as your torso rests on your thighs)
  • calms the mind

Contraindications

  • pregnancy
  • ankle, knee or hip injury

 

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