Balasana is an easy yoga asana that can even be performed by beginners
In Sanskrit, 'bala' means child and 'asana' refers to one’s posture
It is a ‘counter’ asana for many asanas
Balasana is an easy yoga asana that can even be performed by beginners. In Sanskrit, bala means child and asana refers to one’s posture. Thus, this pose is also called Child Pose. It is a ‘counter’ asana for many asanas and is performed preceding and following Sirsasana as it is a resting pose. This is often the first pose taught to beginners. It is easy to follow and highly beneficial. If perfectly performed, the body faces the floor in foetal position (thus the name). It is also called Garbhasana and Shashankasana.
The key to yoga is in regulated breathing. If you get that part right, the rest just flows. T. Krishnamacharya, in his paper ‘Salutation to the Teacher and the Eternal One,’ says, “One important thing to be constantly kept in mind when doing asanas is the regulation of the breath. It should be slow, thin, long, and steady: breathing through both nostrils with a rubbing sensation at the throat and through the oesophagus, inhaling when coming to the straight posture, and exhaling when bending the body.”
Benefits of Balasana
1) Helps relieve fatigue. As this is a resting pose, it helps relax the body. The regulated breathing helps restore you to a state of calmness.
2) For the reasons mentioned above, this is also a great pose to ease anxiety and stress. Being curled up, makes one aware of the breathing pattern. Focussing on the breathing helps relax the mind.
3) The pose helps lengthen and stretch out the spine.
4) It also gently stretches the ankles, hips and shoulders.