Happy Baby Pose
Ananda Balasana

Happy Baby

Sanskrit
Ananda Balasana

Directions 

1) Lie on back. With an exhale, bend knees into belly.

2) Inhale, grip outsides of feet with hands.  Open knees slightly wider than torso then bring them up toward armpits.

3) Position each ankle directly over knee, so shins are perpendicular to floor. Flex through heels. Gently push feet up into hands as you pull hands down to create resistance.

4) Coax thighs in toward torso and down toward floor as you lengthen spine, release tail bone toward floor,  lengthen base of skull away from back of neck.

5) Hold.

6) Release feet back to floor with an exhale.

Video

Benefits

  • Gently stretches inner groins and back of spine
  • Calms the brain
  • Helps relieve stress and fatigue

Modification #1 | Strap 

Hold each foot with a strap looped around middle arch.

Modification #2 | Butterfly 

Happy Baby  Variation

 

Precautions

  • Pregnancy
  • Knee injury

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