Happy Baby Pose: Step-by-Step Instructions
Ananda Balasana (Happy Baby Pose):
Opens and stretches the hips, the inner part of the groin, inner thighs, and hamstrings, calms the mind and relieves stress and fatigue. When I practice this pose, I try to get my knees to touch the ground next to my ribcage. That’s very advanced. If you’re a beginner, just let your knees release to either side of your body, while you grab the outer edges of your feet. It places you in a great position to receive, and helps open the anus without applying pressure.
Lie on your back. With an exhale, bend your knees into your belly.
Inhale, grip the outsides of your feet with your hands (if you have difficulty holding the feet directly with your hands, hold onto a belt looped over each sole.) Open your knees slightly wider than your torso, then bring them up toward your armpits.
Position each ankle directly over the knee, so your shins are perpendicular to the floor. Flex through the heels. Gently push your feet up into your hands (or the belts) as you pull your hands down to create a resistance.
Do not attempt if you have a Knee or Neck injury
Tip for Beginners
If you can’t easily hold your feet with your hands, try holding each foot with a yoga strap looped around the middle arch.
Gently stretches the inner groins and the back spine
Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and fatigue
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