Thursday, March 5, 2009

Supported Child's Pose ~ Balasana

Enjoy Supported Child’s Pose

To come into the pose: sit on your shins, knees spread wide around the bolster/pillow-pile in front of you. Lay forward in Child’s Pose resting the body over the bolster. Arms can rest forward or behind, the head should take equal time being turned to each side. Make sure to have enough support under the belly. You don't want any strain in your back.

Add props as needed:
  • Discomfort in the ankles? Try a small blanket or pillow under the fronts of the ankles.
  • Discomfort in the knees? Put a pillow or blanket between the calves and the backs of the thighs.
  • Discomfort in the back? Raise the height of your bolster pile.
Remember: In Restorative the difference between heaven and not-heaven can be as little as using ½ an inch more propping.

To come out of the pose: place the hands on either side of the bolster pile to support the torso and gently roll up. Take a few breaths before moving on.