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Balasana (Sanskrit: बालासन), Child's Pose,[1] or Child's Resting Pose is an asana.


The name comes from the Sanskrit words bala meaning "child" and asana (आसन) meaning "posture" or "seat".[2]


In this asana, the body faces the floor in a fetal position. The knees and hips are bent with the shins on the floor. The chest can rest either on the knees or the knees can be spread to about the width of a yoga mat, allowing the chest to go between the knees. The head is stretched forward towards the ground - the forehead may touch the ground. The arms may be stretched forward in front of the head or backwards towards the feet.


Balasana is a simple relaxation position in yoga. The asana can become active through breath.

Follow-up asanas[edit]

Balasana is a counter asana for various asanas and is usually practiced before and after Sirsasana.

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  1. ^ "Yoga Journal - Child's Pose". Archived from the original on 11 May 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-09. 
  2. ^ Sinha, S.C. (1 June 1996). Dictionary of Philosophy. Anmol Publications PVT. LTD. p. 18. ISBN 978-81-7041-293-9. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 

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