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Child's Pose - Balasana

How (and When) to Rest in Yoga


Updated June 29, 2012

Child's Pose 1 - Balasana

Child's Pose 1 - Balasana

© Barry Stone
Type of pose: Resting

Benefits: Gentle stretch for the hips, thighs and ankles. Can help relieve back pain.


1. From Downward Facing Dog, drop the knees to the floor.

2. Spread the knees as wide as the mat, keeping the big toes touching.

3. Bring the belly to rest between the thighs and the forehead to the floor.

4. There are two possible arm variations:

Either stretch the arms in front of you with the palms toward the floor or bring the arms back alongside the thighs with the palms facing upwards. Do whichever feel more comfortable to you.

Beginners: Rest in Child’s Pose at any time if you get tired or out of breath. Rejoin the class when you are ready.

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