Bala-Asana (The Child Pose)
What does Balasana mean?
Balasana is a yoga pose and comes from the Sanskrit words Bala and asana, which are translated as "child" and "pose". The practitioner begins by sitting on the heels with the knees hip-width apart and the palms of the hands-on the thighs.
How to do Balasana?
- Sit on your knees with your feet together and buttocks resting on your heels. Separate your knees about the width of your hips. Place your hands on your thighs, palms-down.
- Inhale deeply, then exhale as you bring your chest between your knees while swinging your arms forward.
- Rest your forehead on the floor, if possible, and then bring your arms around to your sides until the hands-on resting on either side of your feet, palms up.
- Breath gently through your nostrils as you hold the posture. Hold for about one to two minutes. Then return to an upright kneeling position with your back straight and your hands on your thighs.
- Repeat the posture at least one more time.
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Benefits of Balasana:-
- It helps release tension in the chest, back, and shoulders.
- This asana helps to reduce stress and anxiety.
- This asana helps to stretch and lengthen the spine.
- It helps to stretch the ankles, hips, and thighs.
- It promotes blood circulation all throughout the body.
- The tendons, muscles, and ligaments in the knee area are thoroughly stretched.
- It encourages the right way of breathing and calms both the body and the mind.
Precautions of Balasana:-
- Practice this pose only on an empty stomach
- Do not put the pressure on your heel during practicing it
- If you’ve injury or pain in your knees or hips, then don’t practice Garland Pose
- Do a little warm-up before practicing it.
- If you have a lower back injury then do not practice Garland pose.