bala = child
I’m preparing ready for my Get Grounded workshop coming up this weekend, so I thought it only fitting that I share my most favorite grounding posture, Balasana or Child’s Pose. This pose is great for stressful days, helping to relieve anxiety and calm the nerves. Do it whenever you need a rest or if you’re feeling overwhelmed. Balasana helps bring you back to center, to your body, and to your breath.
Kneel on the floor, bringing your big toes to touch underneath your seat. Slowly begin to fold forward so that your head comfortably touches the floor. If you hips and legs are tight, sit on a block or folded blanket to elevate your seat. You can wrap your arms around your legs with palms facing up, as pictured above, or extended them forward, as below.
Inhale deeply and feel an extension along the spine as you elongate with each breath. Exhale and release into the space you have created with your breath. Breathe fully and deeply into your sacrum and feel the lower back release tension.
If the arms are wrapped along the side of the body, feel a stretch between the shoulder blades. If the arms are extended forward, feel a stretch along the underside of the arms. Stay in Balasana for 1 to 3 minutes or as long as you like. It’s that simple! Ask your teacher for modifications if you are experiencing stomach discomfort, are pregnant, or have a knee injury.
How do you use Balasana in your practice? Do you find more calming or agitating? What other postures do you use to calm the nerves and unwind?
Resources to enjoy!
Photos by Mina Habibi