Balasana (Sanskrit: बालासन), Child's Pose, or Child's Resting Pose is an asana. Balasana is a counter asana[clarification needed] for various asanas and is usually practiced before and after Sirsasana.
The name comes from the Sanskrit words bala meaning "child" and asana (आसन) meaning "posture" or "seat".
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.
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