Child’s Pose (Balasana)

Illustrated yoga poses of women performing the Child’s Pose

Child's Pose, also known as Balasana, is a common yoga posture typically used many times throughout a practice. Child’s Pose is known to relieve tension in the back, neck, shoulders, hips, legs, feet, stretch the spine, and alleviate dizziness. Child’s Pose is commonly used during practice to rest between difficult postures. Child’s Pose is known to relieve stress and anxiety,  Energetically, Child’s Pose helps to calm the mind.

Drawings of people performing the Child’s Pose represented in outline silhouettes

To perform Child’s Pose, from your hands and knees, rest your buttocks on your heals and bow and lengthen forward with your forehead coming to the floor. Extend your arms and press your palms down with your eyes closed and inward.

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Benefits (Physical): Stretches hips, thighs and ankles
Benefits (Core): Resting, relaxation, reduces stress and fatigue
Modifications: Place a thick blanket between thighs and calves if difficult
Variations: Spread the knees to have a deep stretch in hips, rest arms alongside thighs for a more calming pose

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Drawings include:
Child’s Pose elevations (men & women), outline silhouettes

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Yoga is a spiritual, ascetic and physical set of practices focusing on breathing, movement, posture, and meditation. Yoga, translated as ‘union’ or ‘connection,’ is an ancient Hindu teaching that is undergone for a variety of purposes including health, relaxation, rehabilitation, and exercise.

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