Child’s Pose, Bālāsana, also called Child’s Resting Pose, is a restorative pose used in between asanas when you need to take a minute to rest. If you are doing a yoga sequence and it becomes a bit too much for you, you can transition into child’s pose and take a minute to rest and restore your body. This pose stretches the hips, thighs, and ankles while reducing stress and fatigue in the body. This is great pose to center and calm when you are doing more difficult poses.
So if you are practicing a new pose or a new sequence and you find yourself getting a little frustrated things aren’t coming together as you would like, take a minute to transition into child’s pose and stay there for a minimum of 5 breaths. This pose is good for soothing the brain making this a very therapeutic pose for relieving stress. If you are experiencing back pain, you can add a brick and pillow under your head and torso for support, this will relieve back and neck pain. Child’s pose is great for restoring balance and equanimity to the body.
To successfully do child’s pose, you want to have your big toes touching and your knees spread apart (making a “V”). Lean your body forward so that your forehead touches the mat. You can either have your arms tucked behind you or you can have them extended in front of you with your forearm flat on the mat and your fingers spread apart. Stay in this pose for 3 – 5 breaths or until needed and you feel restored and centered. If you are coming from a pose or sequence that has caused a bit more of fatigue you many need more than the recommended 5 breaths, that’s fine.