Balasana - Child's Pose

This is indeed my favourite posture! It might not look like anything special, however, it is very special once you allow yourself to truly feel it.

Let’s go step by step:

  • Come onto all fours; move around a bit with your torso and your pelvis.
  • Find what is comfortable and stay there for a moment, relax into your body and send some love to yourself.
  • Then, press on your fingers and bring your big toes together.
  • Bring your knees out to the sides of your mat, so that your knees remain slightly apart.
  • Inhale, bring your head up, curl your back and then on the exhalation relax back, so that you are sat on your feet. If needs be, adjust yourself by putting cushions under your buttocks.
  • Before bending forward, put a bolster or a rolled blanket on the top of your thighs, then stretch up and bend forward.
  • Your arms are stretched out with fingers spread apart, become aware of every single finger and stretch your arms towards the front of the mat. Use a block under your hands and a rolled blanket under your head in order to get your back straight and shoulders relaxed.
  • With inhalation lengthen your spine, bring loving and nurturing energy between the disks, relax your nerves and with exhalation move deeper into the relaxation, sitting down further onto your feet and lowering your head down to the floor.
  • Stay here for a couple of breaths or for up to 10 minutes.
  • If you like, you can also bring your lower arms down to the floor and relax completely.
  • To rest in Child's pose, bring your knees together, move your arms back and lay your hands on the floor alongside your torso, palms up.
  • With exhalation release the fronts of your shoulders towards the floor.
  • Do not scrunch your shoulders, relax them and leave some space between your shoulders and your neck. Relax your head, neck, face and smile!
  • You can stay in this posture as long as you like and do it as often as you like – if you do it for longer then the more relaxed and patient you will grow.
  • To have some fun, try this posture in pairs so that your friend is doing the same posture on the top of your back.

Remember it is important to feel right when you do the posture. Please try your best to keep your focus on conscious movement, listening to, connecting to and feeling your body.

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