Balaasana, Child’s pose, or Bali’s resting pose is an excellent non-stretching, sitting asana practice for the mind and body. It is often practiced before or after Sirsasana (poses requiring strenuous stretching of the body). This posture is an ideal meditation as it cleanses the mind of all its worldly desires while relaxing the body. In pranayama (breathing exercises) practice of this pose, the inhalation is usually prompted by thoughts arising in the mind.
Balasana has been in existence since the 7th century and its benefits have been recognized by people in different cultures and traditions, even as far north as Tibet. The benefits of Bali’s posture include physical, mental and spiritual health, all of which are important in one’s life. A balanced and fit body is stronger and more capable of running more miles, throwing more punches, and engaging in a wider range of activities. The mind is also more cleared, focusing on one’s purpose in life.
This is an excellent pose to practice with other yoga postures as well as other exercises. While Bali is best to be practiced with other yoga styles such as Ashtanga, Hatha Yoga and Kundalini Yoga, it can also be practiced alone. The primary task in doing Bali asana is to align the body and correct alignment is critical. Another important thing to note is that this pose is not recommended to be done during pregnancy. The pelvis should not tilt forward. The legs should not be in a bent angle.
This yoga pose is easy to learn and a rewarding experience. It can be comfortably practiced with as little as two yoga practitioners, though a group may be more effective. During each session, positions may change depending upon what is comfortable and more challenging for each person. Practicing Bali asana every other day will yield many benefits, including improved flexibility, physical strength, improved mood, more focused attention, and greater self-awareness.
This posture is best performed with an additional strap on the lower back. The additional strap allows more support for the torso and increases stability. The torso is supported by the strap, the legs elevated and straight, and the head and neck aligned. The challenge is to hold this pose without rolling the shoulders or bending the knees. There are different ways to hold the position. Some may require the assistance of a block to achieve proper alignment.
Balasana can also be performed with an instructor or without an instructor. The instructor can provide suggestions on suitable postures based on the body’s natural curvature, muscular mass and flexibility. It’s not essential to purchase expensive and complicated equipment. Instead, try simple, inexpensive fitness equipment to get your started on Bali yoga pose.