Monday, August 22, 2011

Monday's Pose of the week

The transition from August into September usually means a return to a hectic schedule, which can bring with it stress, fatigue and over stimulation.  This week's pose is a helpful tool to combat these conditions.  Balasana, or Child's Pose is a restorative pose that offers an opportunity to quiet the mind, go inside, and take a break from a hectic schedule.

To begin, kneel on the floor with your big toes touching, and sit on your heels.  Bring your knees about hip width apart.  Exhaling, lean forward over your thighs, and bring your forehead to rest on the floor.  Allow you arms to rest alongside the body with the palms facing up.  Stay here and breathe anywhere from 30 seconds to a few minutes.  If it's uncomfortable to sit on your heels, place a rolled up blanket between your thighs and calves.  If resting your forehead on the floor is not comfortable, place a block or pillow in front of you and rest forehead on that.  This pose should be avoided if you are pregnant, have diarrhea, or knee issues or injuries.

Enjoy, and remember to breathe deeply!