How many yoga poses do you know and how many of them you practice? Talking about the number of yoga asanas, it is hard to count them on fingers as there is an infinite number of Yoga poses. Yoga is a celebrated form of health and wellness where there is a countless number of Yoga poses or asanas or exercises that aim at different body parts and concerning health issues. International Yoga Day which is celebrated worldwide on 21st June is to make Yoga a part of the lives of one and all. The world is aware of yoga and its healing abilities. In this series, we are going to talk about Balasana or Child’s Pose in this article. Another easy yet exceptionally beneficial pose of Yoga.
Bal(Child) + Asana(Pose) = Balasana or Child’s Pose
This asana is popular with both names Balasana and Child’s Pose. The name has Sanskrit origin where the word ‘Bal’ means Child in Sanskrit. Balasana resembles the position of foetus. This is a powerful pose that aims at improving physical strength, mental awareness and emotional solace. As you perform this asana you’d feel a gravitational force that you are to beat to complete this pose. Child’s pose stretches your thighs, hip and ankles thereby strengthening your neck, shoulders and back.
Balasana is a calming and restorative exercise that aims at full-body rejuvenation. It stretches the muscles, exercises the body and reduces stress from the mind. Overall, performing this pose would help you better your physical, mental and psychological health. Upon completion of Child’s Pose or Balasana, you would feel reenergized and revived.
Health benefits of doing Balasana
Here are some notable health benefits of doing Balasana that you can get if you perform this regularly.
- Relieves low energy and fatigue to keep your energized throughout the day.
- Ease muscle tension in the shoulders, back and chest.
- Balasana is good to relieve stress and anxiety for mental peace and clarity.
- Child’s pose also strengthens inner vital organs and promotes their proper functioning.
- If you wish to do something that lengthens and stretch your spine, balasana pose is the best.
- Doing Balasana daily would relieve back and neck pain.
- This asana helps in increasing blood flow in the body.
How to perform Balasana
Here is the step-by-step guide to doing Balasana or Child’s Pose:
- Sit on your heels comfortably on the yoga mat.
- Keep a small distance in your knees or you can keep them joined.
- Inhale and slowly bend your forehead forward and try to touch the ground while exhaling.
- Stretch your hands alongside the body(towards the back) with your palms facing the ceiling.
- Alternatively, you can also stretch your arms in the front with your palms on the ground.
- Your chest would be pressed by your thighs.
- Stay in the position for 2-3 minutes and then return to the starting position.
In what medical conditions one should avoid doing Balasana
There are some limitations to doing Balasana or Child’s Pose. These are:
- People with knee or heel or ankle injury should avoid this pose.
- Those suffering from diarrhea are also not advised to do this exercise.
- If you have high BP, don’t do Balasana.
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