Child’s Pose – Balasana
Main benefit – A cooling pose to calm the mind, draws energy inwards and softens the back.
1. Sit on your heels, feet flat in the seiza position (traditional Japanese posture of sitting on the heels). If it’s too much on your ankles or knees, try placing a blanket under your feet and knees. If this doesn’t work for you, then just come down into a cross-legged seated position.
2. From here, simply draw your torso down toward the floor. Rest your forehead on the floor. Relaxed arms can be out in front or down the side.
3. Close your eyes and take a few breaths, relax your back and shoulders.
4. When you’re ready to come out, simply draw your torso back up to sit on your heels or on the floor.
The child’s pose can be done anytime you feel like you need to have a rest or break, especially in yoga class.