Child’s Posture for Mind and Body Rest

You can do rest or compensation postures any time after more difficult ­positions in your mind-body routine to rest your back or your mind. Just listen to your body to know when you should do one. Use this asana at any time you feel a need for a break, during any section of your session.

You’re going to love Child’s Posture (Balasana), and you may find yourself doing it ad lib in the evening or around the house. It’s a beautiful way to relax your back and return circulation to your entire body.

  1. Start on your hands and knees, with your knees about hip-width apart.

  2. Inhale, then exhale and sit back with your buttocks onto your heels, bringing your torso down to rest on your thighs.

    If it is uncomfortable for your knees or legs to sit back on your heels, put a folded blanket between your thighs and calves. You can also place a pillow or blanket under your knees for support. Or you can widen your knees to allow more freedom of movement.

  3. Lay your arms along your sides, on the floor beside your legs with your palms up, and let your shoulders and breathing relax.

  4. Close your eyes.

    Enjoy this as long as you want or need to.

For a modification, extend your arms in front of you, palms down, to add an additional stretch to your back, chest, and shoulders.

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