#WellnessWednesday - Yoga for Life: Week 17

Balasana / Child pose

Benefits:

  • Calming resting pose.
  • Gentle hip opener.
  • It’s a thorough way to stretch your back a shoulders with minimally injury.

Foundation & General Alignment:

  • Hands, forearms, elbows, forehead, knees, shins, and top of the feet are on the floor.
  • Knees are wider than hip distance with big toes touching.
  • Belly isn’t resting on floor or thighs.
  • Shoulders are away from ears.
  • Forehead can either be resting on floor, up off the floor, or resting on a prop.
  • Arms can be active reaching above your head or at your side.

Common Problems:

  • Most at risk is your knee.
  • Hips up off heels.
  • Shoulders over extended.
  • Elbows are too wide with the hands too close together.

Modifications:

  • Blanket or foam block under forehead.
  • Blanket between thighs.

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