Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Balasan (Child’s Pose)

  • Lie flat on your stomach, legs together and palms touching the outer sides of your thighs with your chin on the floor, i.e. Simple Prone Posture.
  • Now, fold your left arm and place the head over your left elbow.
  • Next, place your right palm above your left hand, fold your right leg at the knee and then bring it closer to the chest, keeping the knee on the ground.
  • Move your right elbow slightly to the right side.
  • Adjust the position of your head according to your comfort.
  • Take a few slow and deep breaths, and relax the whole body.
  • Mentally chant “Radhey” while inhaling, and “Krishna” while exhaling.
  • Be in this state for a minute with somewhat slow and deep breathing.
  • In the same way, repeat on the other side.
  • On feeling relaxation of the whole body
  • On the breaths synchronized with the mental chanting of the Holy Names “Radhey Krishna”
  • Balasan activates the digestive peristalsis by exercising the intestines. 
  • It also alleviates constipation.
  • It soothes sciatic pain by relaxing the nerves of the legs. 
  • It is a perfect relaxing pose for pregnant women of the later period as they can either sleep, rest, or practice Subtle Body Relaxation (See page 347) in this pose.

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