10 Benefits of Child’s Pose

Earlier this month we talked about how to modify the two versions of Child’s pose (Balasana).  Today I want to share some of the benefits that I am sure you experience when doing the poses but may not be cognizant of from an academic standpoint.

If you have ever taken a yoga class, then you know first-hand that yoga in general is incredibly beneficial.  However, each pose offers its own unique benefits to us as practitioners, and Child’s pose is no exception.  Here are some of the main benefits of Child’s Pose.  As you will see, there is a little something for everyone in this pose.

10 Benefits of Child’s Pose:

  • Helps to release tension in the back, shoulders, and chest
  • Stretches the hips, thighs, and ankles
  • Stretches the muscles, tendons, and ligaments in the knees
  • Allowing the forehead (your third eye chakra) to rest on the ground has a calming and soothing effect on the brain.  As such it not only calms the mind, but also helps to alleviate stress and anxiety
  • Helps normalize breath and blood flow in the body
  • Lengthens and stretches the spine
  • Helps to alleviate low back and neck pain when done with props in a supported manner
  • Flexes and massages many of the internal organs
  • When done with knees together and the torso resting on the thighs, it helps your digestion
  • It is a recommended pose for those with dizziness and/or fatigue

So, no matter which version of Child’s pose you choose, or what the reason is for doing Child’s pose, the benefits are many.  And remember, you don’t have to wait for our next yoga class to enjoy the benefits of Child’s pose.  It is a great way to start or end your day as well as a powerful way to battle stress throughout your days.


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