Video: Happy baby
A great way to bring awareness into your hip joints and neutralize the spine. Commonly seen towards the end of a yoga practice to prepare the spine for complete rest. It will help you to calm your mind if you are also dealing with fatigue.
Lie on your spine and draw knees into belly, grasp feet to the outer edges and widen the knees, usher the tailbone forward and slightly tuck chin to chest, form resistance in the hands and push the feet away into the hands. If you can’t easily grab the outer feet, you can hold onto your knees or ankles. I personally like to invite a rock in from side to side to continue lengthening the spine and stretch the inner groin.
Neck and knee injury: Do not do happy baby pose if you have a neck or knee injury.
Last Reviewed: 08/08/2018
Video: Child's pose (Balasana)
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