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Child’s pose was initially known as balasana. Balasana originates from the Sanskrit word ‘Bala’, meaning child and ‘Asana’, meaning pose. Child’s pose is relaxing and practised by yogis of all levels. Many yogis, look forward to this pose, which can be used between more challenging asanas and sequences.
It also benefits the mind, body, and soul in many ways. When sitting in child’s pose, the abdominal muscles relax on the thighs and become slightly compressed, which elongates the lower back and stretches the muscles in the hips, thighs, and ankles. As many of us hold much weight in our lower bodies daily, this can be therapeutic.
Child’s pose can help relax and soothe the mind. When sitting in this pose, you rest your third eye chakra (the point between your eyebrows) on the floor; this has an instant calming effect and releases stress and tension. To begin practising child’s pose, clear a space for your yoga mat and get comfortable before following these steps:
Child’s pose will relax your body and stretch the ligaments and joints to stop stiffness. It can also help digestion and mindfulness.
Next time your back feels stiff after sitting at a desk all day or you’ve spent all day standing at work. Or, even if you need a deep relaxing stretch, try sitting in child’s pose for a few minutes.
There are many options if you want to include crystals in this practice. We recommend beginning with rose quartz since it is the crystal of love, and this pose is the essence of self-love and care.
For more wellness tips and information, check out the wellbeing section of our blog. And remember to tag us at @surrender_to_happiness on Instagram if you try this pose. Finally, for information on the warrior poses, click here.