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Relieve Stress with Balasana

childBalasana or child’s pose tends to have an immediate effect on stress levels. Coming into child we tend to naturally exhale fully as we settle the hips back. We rest with arms extended or wrapped around us. As in paschimotanasana, our chest comes toward the thighs, an excellent position for stress relief.
There are variations of balasana. Shown here is a supported version where the upper body rests to a bolster, blanket or other prop. Depending on flexibility you might bring the forehead all the way to the floor. If you practice with a partner try giving each other adjustments by pressing the hips down a little further into the heels gently. Keep the breath deep while taking child and enjoy.
For more on the story behind child pose and a couple of other variations check my previous post Balasana~Child’s Pose.

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