Child’s Pose in Sanskrit (‘Bala’, means ‘child’, ‘asana’ means ‘pose’). Balasana or Child’s Pose is generally practiced at the end of an intense yoga sequence where the connection of the breath and the movement of the body would have been lost. The practice of Balasana concluding such a sequence, allows one to come to peace with the body with the connection of the breath. No doubt all yoga poses should lead to the connection of the breath and the body, but certain poses are challenging where the chest and the abdomen are compressed or pulled, creating uneasiness with the breathing.
With Balasana, the spine remains relaxed in a forward fold and forces one to focus on breathing with the compressing of the abdomen and the chest towards the tummy. On the other hand, Balasana can be used purely as a restorative pose to heal patients with severe backaches, and insomnia, treat blood pressure, or just simply bring stress levels down.
Child Pose is considered a base pose as child pose variations can be derived from this pose. Child Pose helps boost energy in the body and hence can be included in different yoga sequences. Child Pose is considered a warm-up and restorative yoga pose to prepare or restore the body before or after more intense yoga poses.
Benefits and Contraindications
Gently stretches the hips, thighs, and ankles
Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and fatigue
Relieves back and neck pain when done with head and torso supported
Infection in the stomach
Knee injury: Avoid Balasana unless you have the supervision of an experienced teacher.
Injury at the ankle
Photo poses in different angles
Frequently Asked Questions
If you feel discomfort or pain while practicing Balasana, modify the pose by placing a cushion or bolster under your chest or forehead, or by widening your knees to create more space. If the discomfort or pain persists, stop practicing the pose and consult with a healthcare professional.
Hold Balasana for 5 to 10 breaths, gradually increasing the duration as you become more comfortable with the pose. You can also use Balasana as a resting pose between more challenging yoga poses.
- Supported Child's Pose
- Extended Child's Pose
- Wide-Knee Child's Pose
- Thread the Needle Pose
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