Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Child's Pose (Balasana)

A gentle stretch for the hips, thighs and ankles
Calms the brain
Helps to relieve stress and fatigue
Relieves back and neck pain when head and torso are supported.

*Should not be done in case of diarrhoea, pregnancy or knee injury

Begin by kneeling on your mat with your big toes touching and your knees at hip width.  Inhale and lengthen the spine, exhale and bring your torso down to rest on your thighs.  Extend your arms in front of you.  Draw the tail bone down and lengthen the spine.  Broaden the shoulders.

Child's Pose can also be done with the arms placed by your side such that your hands are resting by your feet.

Child's Pose is a beautiful resting pose that can precede or follow any pose.  If you are in class and things are getting too much for you, come back to Child's Pose. 

If this pose isn't comfortable for you, don't be afraid to use props.  A cushion, bolster or rolled up blanket or towel between the thighs and the calves or under the torso feels nice.

Today, join me in child's pose for 5 breaths or up to 5 minutes.  Pay attention to how your body feels.  Notice your breath.  And come back to your intention.

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