Asana of the Week with Wendy & Darin: Child’s pose

Balasana, also known as child’s pose, is a resting/restorative pose practiced

in the fetal position. It is a wonderful counter pose for backbends. The name is

derived from the Sanskrit words “bala” and “asana”, which translate to “child” and

“pose”. Its main focus is the thighs, although it’s also useful in relieving back,

shoulder, neck, and hip strain. When performed with an open mind Balasana

can induce a great sense of physical, mental and emotional relief.

The Benefits of Child’s Pose:

• Releases tension in the back, shoulders and chest

• Recommended if you have dizziness or fatigue

• Helps alleviate stress and anxiety

• Compresses the body’s internal organs and keeps them supple

• It lengthens and stretches the spine

• Relieves neck and lower back pain when performed with the head and

torso supported

• It gently stretches the hips, thighs and ankles

• Normalizes circulation throughout the body

• It stretches muscles, tendons and ligaments in the knee

• Calms the mind and body

• Encourages strong and steady breathing

About the Authors

Darin and Wendy have been studying, practicing and living yoga for more than 20 years. Their desire to explore this ancient philosophy has taken them on many journeys around the globe. Both are trained in classical Hatha yoga, in the Sivananda tradition, and have studied extensively a form of energy and chakra yoga, Agama Yoga, in southern Thailand Their daily Spiritual Heart (Hridaya) meditation practice follows Ramana Maharshi’s Self Inquiry Method.  During the winter season they take the opportunity to deepen their practice by participating in 10 day silent medition retreats in Mazunte, Mexico at Hridaya Yoga School . – See more at:

Date Added: June 18, 2014 | Comments (0) | Filed under: Living with Yoga

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