Back to Basics: Child’s Pose or Balasana
As a style, Yin yoga is a cooling, relaxing practice which is especially useful in this scorching Annapolis heat. No matter where you are or hot it is, Child’s Pose gives a nice refreshing release at the beginning, middle, or end of your practice or even just on its own. Pregnant yogis may find this pose uncomfortable, but can choose to open the knees to allow more room for the abdomen to rest. Balasana is a nice counter pose to backbends and is especially soothing in times of anxiety and vulnerability. Coming into this comforting pose is simple. Begin seated on the heels while slowly folding the chest towards the thighs as you bring your forehead to the earth. The arms can lay comfortably by your legs, allowing the shoulders to drape over you like a blanket.
Conversely, the arms can be extended out in front for a different sensation. Props can lend an even deeper relaxation. A bolster under the forehead or blankets under the knees are both good options. Enjoy this pose for as long as desired.
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