Balasana (Garbhasana, Child's Pose (relaxation)
In Sanskrit Bala is know as child, therefore this asana is also known as the child’s relaxation pose. This asana thus can be performed as follows;
- Sit in Vajrasana or the Thunderbolt pose.
- Now kneel on the ground. Touch your big toes together and sit on your heels, then separate your knees about as wide as your hips.
- Exhale and take your torso down between your thighs. Broaden your sacrum across the back of your pelvis and narrow your hip points toward the navel, so that they nestle down onto the inner thighs.
- Lengthen your tailbone away from the back of the pelvis while you lift the base of your skull away from the back of your neck.
- Lay your hands on the floor alongside your torso, palms facing upwards and release the front of your shoulders towards the floor. Feel how the weight of the front shoulders pulls the shoulder blades wide across your back.
- This asana is a resting pose. So you can stay in this posture for about 30 seconds to a few minutes.
- To come out of this pose or to come up, first lengthen the front torso, and then with an inhalation lift yourself from the tailbone as it presses down and into the pelvis.
The benefits of this asana are:
- Gently stretches the back, ankles and the thighs.
- Calms the mind relieving stress and fatigue.
- Provides relief in back as well as neck pain.
- Brings lengthening of the spine.
- Increases the circulation of blood in the head and thus reduces down headaches.
Precautionary measures that are to be followed in this asana are:
- Should be avoided if suffering from knee injury.
- Should not be practiced in diarrhea, and pregnancy.
- Must not be practiced if suffering from ankle injury.
- Stretches to the limit of your body and never try to extend beyond the limit.