Child's Pose

Balasana

Child's Pose is a restorative forward bend, and it is the go-to pose anytime you need a rest during practice. This pose also provides a gentle stretch for the ankles, hips and thighs. It can also provide some relief for the back and is a counter-posture to some backbend. In Child's Pose, the body faces the floor in a fetal position, and the arms can either be resting on either side of the body, or stretched out in front of you. During practice, Child's Pose provide a good opportunity to get the focus back on the breath. It is a pose that encourages relaxation and relieves stress. The Sanskrit name for this pose is Balasana (from bala: child, and asana: 'posture).