Child’s pose is an excellent pose to start a yoga practice. Child’s pose is also called Balasana (“bala” is the Sanskrit word for “child” and “asana” means “posture” or “seat”).
Child’s pose is a grounding pose as the practitioner feels his forehead on the ground and starts stretching his arms and spine while seated on the ground. With deep breathing, one starts to softly connect the mind and body while letting go of external distractions. Child’s pose is also a simple relaxation pose and could be used between poses that fatigue the practitioner.
As you roll out of bed in the morning, child’s pose is good way to ease into your day.
The physical benefits of child’s pose include lengthening of the spine, release of tension in the back, shoulders and chest, and relief of lower back pain. With deep breathing, child’s pose calms both the mind and body.
With deep breathing, child's pose softly connects the mind and body.
Avoid child’s pose after a knee or hip surgery or if any pain persists in these areas. If you are pregnant, modify by keeping knees even wider to allow room for the belly.
Have a great practice. Namaste!