Welcome to the first installment of our “108 Yoga Asana Series.” We begin with a pose that embodies comfort, relaxation, and accessibility – the Child’s Pose, or Balasana. This gentle yoga asana is a perfect starting point for those new to yoga or looking for a soothing stretch to release tension.
Child’s Pose (Balasana):
Balasana, often referred to as the Child’s Pose, is a foundational yoga pose that offers a sanctuary of tranquility within your practice.
- Start by kneeling on your mat with your big toes touching and knees apart.
- Sit back onto your heels and exhale as you fold your upper body forward.
- Extend your arms forward, lowering your chest toward the mat.
- Rest your forehead on the floor or a block.
- Breathe deeply and hold the pose for as long as feels comfortable.
- Relaxes the mind and body.
- Gently stretches the lower back, hips, thighs, and ankles.
- Relieves stress and tension.
- Encourages deep, calming breaths.
- If you have tight hips or knees, you can place a cushion or folded blanket between your thighs and calves for added support.
- If reaching the floor is challenging, use a yoga block or stack of books as a prop to rest your forehead on.
Child’s Pose, Balasana, is a beautiful way to start your yoga journey. It offers a moment of serenity, making it accessible to yogis of all levels. Use it as a resting pose during your practice or return to it whenever you need a moment of calm in your day.
Stay tuned for our next yoga asana in the series as we continue to explore the world of yoga, one pose at a time.