Yoga Child’s Pose (Balasana) Benefits and Precautions

Yoga Pose Child’s Pose Benefits and Dangers

Child’s Pose is also known as Balasana. Child’s pose is a relaxing pose and can be performed anytime during the yoga practice whenever one feels tired, preceding or following any yoga pose.

Child Pose can helps in
(a) stretching the hips, thighs and ankles gently
(b) relieving stress
(c) relieving the back and neck pain

This yoga pose can also help in case of Insomnia. In fact this pose is so powerful that while performing within 2 to 3 minutes practitioner can already feel as if he is half asleep.

In case if you feel difficulty in sitting on your heels, place a cushion between your back thighs and calves. However like every other science, yoga is also a precise science.

The same yoga pose can be beneficial for some people however it can be dangerous for others if precautions are not taken or previous health conditions are not taken into consideration while performing this pose.
Inhale – while raising the arms above the head
Exhale – while bending forward
Breathe evenly while relaxing in the pose.

1) The Child’s pose

Step by step method:

1. Sit in Vajrasana, placing the palms on the thighs above the knees.
2. Keep your spine and head straight.
3. Raise your arms above the head and then bend the trunk forward, keeping your arms and head straight, in line with the trunk.
4. Rest your forehead on the floor in front of your knees, and your arms alongside the legs, with
the palms up.

If you are not able to rest your forehead on the floor, support your head with your hands.

1. It stretches the back muscles.
2. It separates the individual vertebrae from each other.
3. It tones the pelvic muscles.
4. It regulates the functioning of the adrenal glands.
Following are some of the conditions when yoga pose child’s pose (Balasana) should never be

(1) If suffering from Diarrhea
(2) Knee injury as it may worsen the situation.
(3) Pregnant women should also avoid doing the Child Pose unless only under the supervision
of experienced yoga teacher (with knees apart).

By ignoring the precautions you put your health at risk.

Issued in public interest by celebrity trainer Subodh Gupta. Subodh Gupta is an author of numerous books on yoga, weight loss and stress management. He has been interviewed by various TV channels and his views and articles appear regularly in magazines and newspapers in India and the UK.

Subodh Gupta is based in London (UK) and conducts private yoga classes, weight loss, nutrition and stress counselling sessions with the help of palm reading for a number of celebrities.


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