Balasana is a Hatha yoga posture, and its name comes from the Sanskrit word ‘bala’ meaning ‘child’. In this pose the body faces the floor in a foetal position. This is a beautiful and graceful sit- ting posture, and when the posture is complete there is connection with the earth. Classical yoga emphasises the importance of Balasana in that it works with the ajna and sahasrara, sixth and sev- enth chakras, respectively.
HOW TO PERFORM
Sit down in vajrasana. (Sit down comfortably onto your knees. Keep the legs together).
Rest the palm of your right hand on the right knee, and place the left palm on the left knee. Keep your back and arms straight. Lift your head and gaze steadily into the distance.
Inhale deeply, making sure you are sitting on the heels. Exhale breath and bring head right down to the floor so that the forehead meets the ground.
Bring arms down to side of the body so that the palms of the hands are facing up and rest- ing close to the ankles.
Hold for at least 60 seconds inhaling and ex- haling breath gently. Keep eyes closed.
To come out of the pose gently lift head up and sit back into Vajrasana.
This is the traditional Balasana pose.
A variation of that pose is to bring both arms down on exhalation to rest on either side of the head stretched out in front of you.
BENEFITS OF PERFORMING INCLUDE
• Relieves stress and fatigue and calms the brain
• Stretches the hips, thighs, ankles and arms
• Relaxes the spine and opens the shoulders
• Releases tension from the neck
• Relaxes the body
• Provides a sense of peace and tranquillity