Ananda Balasana (Happy Baby Post)

Ananda Balasana (Happy Baby Pose)

 

 Happy Baby Pose Supine position

 Lie down on your back

 

Happy Babay Pose Legs up 

Bend the legs and bring your knees towards your chest

 

 Happy Babay Pose legs to armpit

Lift your feet, so that the soles face upwards and the ankles are in line with the knees and bring your knees towards each armpit

 

 Happy Baby Pose arms on outer feet

Raise your arms and hold the outer edges of your feet with each hand

Relax your shoulders and keep the head resting on your mat

Gently press your feet and press your legs downwards

 Hold for 5-10 breaths as a beginner or 1-2 minutes for a more advanced practitioner

 Gently release the hold of the feet and drop the feet down on the mat

Modifications:

If you cant reach the outer edges of your feet, hold calf muscles with your hands or use a belt around each foot to hold on, for a more comfortable neck, place a folded blanket under the head.

Benefits:

Gently stretches inner groins and the back spine, calms the brain and helps to relieve stress and fatigue, stretches and opens the hips, stretches arms and hamstring muscles

Contradictions and cautions:

Pregnancy, knee injury, neck injury

 Counter Pose:

Child Pose, Balasana

Chakra:

Svadhistana Chakra (Sacrum)

 

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