How to Practice Child’s Pose For Beginners

Katherine Smith
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Balasana, or Child’s Pose, is a very basic yoga pose, and is taught in nearly every yoga class you’ll attend. This pose has a wonderful calming effect on the mind and body, and allows you to surrender to your practice.
 
You can practice Child’s Pose any time you feel the need to slow down, calm down, or just simply take a break. It allows you to connect, or reconnect, to your breath, massage your Third Eye, and rest.
 

Everything You Need to Know About Child’s Pose

Pronunciation: Bal-a-ss-ana
 
Balasana is commonly known as Child’s Pose because it resembles a curled fetus in the womb. It is a resting pose that closes the front body, offering respite from a busy world and fast-paced life. It evokes feelings of being nurtured and protected.
 

Description of Child’s Pose

Childs pose returns the spine to a child-like curvature. It is performed in a kneeling position, with the legs bent beneath the body, while the buttocks sink towards the heels and the forehead rests on the mat.
 
It has a quiet quality, a calming effect, and supports surrender. Balasana lengthens the spine and relaxes and opens the hips.
 
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How to Master Child’s Pose

Because it’s such a common pose, it’s important to learn how to practice Child’s Pose properly.

  • Kneel on your mat with the thighs apart
  • Sink the buttocks to the heels and curl the spine as you fold the body forward
  • Draw the forehead down towards the ground
  • Breathe deeply into the back of the body
  • Extend the arms away from you for a more active experience, or allow them to rest behind you with the palms facing up
  • Allow the body to feel supported by the earth beneath you and breathe deeply
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    How to Modify Child’s Pose:

    • Try a blanket on the floor beneath you if the ankles or knees are tight
    • Place a cushion or additional blanket between the buttocks and calf muscles if the hamstrings are tight
    • Place a bolster, block, or forearms beneath the forehead if you’re struggling to meet the floor
    • Separate the knees, but keep the toes together to create space for the abdomen if the breath feels extremely constricted

     
    How to Prep For Child’s Pose:
    If Balasana isn’t for you yet, work on:

    • Happy Baby (Ananda Balasana)
    • Crocodile
    • Reclined Knees to Chest (Apanasana)

     

    Benefits of Child’s Pose:

    Child’s Pose has many benefits! Here are just a few:

    • Brings comfort and releases the SI joint
    • Helps to direct the breath into the back of the body
    • Relaxes the head and neck
    • Gently stretches the full length of the spine
    • Gently increases hip flexibility
    • Helps to calm and pacify the nervous system, so it’s great for stress
    • Soothes and calms the digestive system by placing gentle pressure on the stomach and intestines

     
    Key Anatomical Insights:

     

    How Child’s Pose Can Make You Feel:

    Balasana conjures feelings of maternal care from childhood, when we didn’t have to be so tough and strong, when our needs were met by our mothers.
     
    If we’re feeling overwhelmed, surrendering the body to the earth and experiencing the weight of gravity drawing us earthward is extremely comforting.
     
    Gentle pressure on the Third Eye, or Ajna Chakra, helps turn our attention inward, awakening insights and calling forth our inner teacher and own intuition.
     

    A Word of Wisdom

    Take Balasana when you’re feeling vulnerable or delicate and need a little bit of solace and safety. It will help you balance your mind, and even bring you a bit of clarity. Namaste!
     

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Katherine Smith

I am a yoga teacher and writer filled with wanderlust. I have a finely tuned appetite for adventure and a healthy thirst for cocktails and coffee. I am inspired by simple pleasures. I am passionate about all things wellbeing, making people happy and standing on my hands. I love shoes, feeding friends and snuggles. I host yoga retreats across the globe intended to uplift, nourish and stir the soul.

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