Balasana, or child’s pose, is a resting posture that can be taken at any point during your yoga practice. Balasana reminds us to slow down, tap into our breath, and take care of ourselves! This asana is ultimately a pose of surrender and therefore gently encourages us to let go of our egos.
To come into child’s pose, sit on your knees and then lay your torso between the thighs on an exhale. If this is too intense of a stretch for the hips, child’s pose can be taken with the knees together instead. You can also either reach the hands out long in front of you or rest them next to the body with the palms up. If the hips do not comfortably sink back to the heels, place a rolled blanket underneath the sitsbones in order to find a full release.
While this posture is very simple physically, it allows us the opportunity to surrender into a state of non-striving and turn our focus inward. Child’s pose is one of the most advanced asanas we practice because it can be taken without direction whenever you need to rest. It can be difficult to truly recognize to what our bodies need, especially if that need is to slow down. Resting in Balasana is a wonderful way to release the ego and really listen to our bodies, and by doing so tap into the true practice of Yoga.