Child’s pose is also called Balasana. The word “Balasana” comes from the Sanskrit words “bala” (meaning “child”) and “asana” (meaning “pose”). It can be a resting pose or a transitioning pose between challenging poses.
Balasana is a good pose to start the yoga class. It centers, calms, and soothes the brain, making it a therapeutic posture for relieving stress. It also elongates the spine and stretches the hips, thighs and ankles. The pose encourages conscious breathing with Ujayi breath (Inhalation and exhalation are both done through the nose with the constriction at the back of your throat).
Modifications & Variations
• Place a folded blanket under your knees if you have injury at your knees.
• Place a thickly folded blanket between the backs of your thighs and your calves to release tension at your lower back.
• Spreading the knees wider apart can create a deeper stretch in the hips.
• Place your palms on top of the blocks can help to stretch your shoulders.
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