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Bālāsana or Child's Pose

Bālāsana (Sanskrit: बालासन), Child's Pose,[1] or Child's Resting Pose is a kneeling asana in modern yoga. Balasana is a counter asana for various asanas and is usually practiced before and after Sirsasana.[2]


Etymology and originsEdit

The name comes from the Sanskrit words बाल bala, "child" and आसन asana, "posture" or "seat".[3]

Balasana is not described until the 20th century; a similar pose appears in Niels Bukh's 1924 Primary Gymnastics.[4][5]

Ananda Balasana is illustrated as Kandukasana (Ball Pose) in the 19th century Sritattvanidhi.[6]


From a kneeling position, bring the forehead to the floor and relax the arms alongside the body, palms upwards.[7]


If need be, and during pregnancy, the knees can be spread.[7] The arms may be stretched forward in front of the head.[8]

Discomfort in the neck and shoulders while performing Child's Pose can be alleviated "by placing a thickly rolled blanket between your buttocks and heels, then bend your elbows and stack your forearms so you can rest your forehead on them." [9]

Ananda Balasana or "Happy Baby Pose" has the body on the back, the thighs alongside the body, the knees bent and the hands grasping the toes.[10]

Uttana Shishosana or "Extended Puppy Pose" stretches forwards from all fours until the forearms and forehead are resting on the floor, giving a pose intermediate between Balasana and Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward Dog Pose).[11]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Child's Pose". Yoga Journal. Archived from the original on 11 May 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-09.
  2. ^ "4 Counter Poses to Do Before and After Headstand". Virginia is for Yoga Lovers. Archived from the original on 27 November 2016. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  3. ^ Sinha, S. C. (1996). Dictionary of Philosophy. Anmol Publications. p. 18. ISBN 978-81-7041-293-9.
  4. ^ Singleton, Mark (2010). Yoga body : the origins of modern posture practice. Oxford University Press. p. 200. ISBN 978-0-19-539534-1. OCLC 318191988.
  5. ^ Bukh, Niels (2010) [1924]. Primary Gymnastics. Tufts Press. p. 32. ISBN 978-1446527351.
  6. ^ Sjoman, Norman E. (1999) [1996]. The Yoga Tradition of the Mysore Palace (2nd ed.). Abhinav Publications. pp. 15, 70, plate 1 (pose 6). ISBN 81-7017-389-2.
  7. ^ a b Lidell, Lucy, The Sivananda Yoga Centre (1983). The book of yoga. Ebury. pp. 37, 161. ISBN 978-0-85223-297-2. OCLC 12457963.
  8. ^ YJ Editors (28 August 2007). "Child's Pose". Yoga Journal. Retrieved 10 February 2019.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  9. ^ Kathryn Ashworth. "3 Variations to Try When Child's Pose Doesn't Feel Like a Resting Pose". Yoga International. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  10. ^ Newell, Zo. "The Mythology Behind Ananda Balasana (Happy Baby Pose)". Yoga International. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  11. ^ YJ Editors (28 August 2007). "Extended Puppy Pose". Yoga Journal. Retrieved 10 February 2019.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)

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