Child's Pose - Balasana

Child's pose is a classic beginner's yoga pose often used to rest between more difficult poses. The position stretches the thighs, hips and ankles and helps relax the body and mind. The name derives from the Sanskrit words bala, meaning “young and child-like,” and asana, meaning “seat or a seated posture.”

Step 1

Begin on your knees with your toes together and your knees hip-width apart. Rest your palms on top of your thighs.

Step 2

As you exhale, bow forward and bring your body between your knees. Extend your arms out in front with your palms facing down. Relax your shoulders toward the ground. Rest in the pose for as long as needed.


  • Stretches the back, thighs, hips and ankles
  • Can calm your mind, reducing anxiety and fatigue
  • Can aid digestion