Balasana: Child’s Pose

This calming a grounding yoga posture “Child’s pose,” (in Sanskrit called Balasana) is great for Vata Dosha. With it’s anxiety soothing qualities, the head between the knees creates a withdrawl of the senses, also called “pratyahara,” to bring the awareness back to self and center. 

TO PRACTICE THE CHILD’S POSE, PLACE A BLANKET OR EXTRA MAT UNDERNEATH YOUR KNEES (IF YOU HAVE TENDER KNEES).

BRINGING YOUR TOES TOGETHER BEHIND YOU, OPEN YOUR KNEES AS WIDE AS YOU NEED TO SO YOUR HIPS CAN BECOME COMFORTABLE. 

EXTEND YOUR ARMS FORWARD AS YOUR REMAIN RELAXED THROUGH THE ARMS AND RELAX YOUR HEAD TO THE EARTH. 

 

You may also bring your arms by the sides of your body with your palms facing up. As the front side of your body compresses against your knees, notice as breath/ prana enters into the back of your body and your lungs.

The goal of the pose is relax into the earth as you notice the back of your body filling with prana/ breath. 

You can stay in the pose for as long as you like. 

Notice: the pose is just like pawana muhktasana, but facing down; and just like mulasana but on the floor. 

1.  Anatomical perspective 

From the anatomical perspective, this pose opens the hips, relaxes the head, neck and shoulders. It also allows for stretching of the:

            -trapezius, 

            -lumbar fascia,

            -latissimus dorsi,

            -gluteus, 

            -Tibialis Anterior,

            -Peroneus Longus,

            -Extensor Digitorum Brevis

and compresses the:

            -Bicep Femoris,

            -Fascia Latea,

            -Pectineus,

            -Sartorius,

            -Gracilis, and

            -Adductor Longus.

2.  Ayurvedic perspective 

This breathing exercise is great for the Vata Dosha, as the body is on the forehead and body is on the Earth. Prana moves in an outward motion to tonify the circulatory system, activating the outward movement of prana also called “Vyana.”

3.  Western perspective

The forehead to the earth tonifies the pineal and pituitary, while the compression of the front body stimulates the front side of the hypothalmus, thyroid, thymus, adrenals, pancreas, and reproductive glands, yoking the endrocine system. The opening of the back body expands the glands of the back body.

4.  Spiritual perspective

The Child’s pose stimulates the inspires awakening of all the chakras.

 

THIS POSE EXERCISE IS ESPECIALLY GOOD FOR GROUNDING VATA DOSHA. 

 

Contraindications: may be uncomfortable for tender knees or knee surgery

 

 

Alejandra Quinonez