Balasana Childs Pose

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Kneeling on the floor, overlap your big toes and sit on your heels. separate your knees and slowly bend forward until you are resting your body between your thighs. Lay your hands on the floor alongside your torso, palms up, and release your shoulders toward the floor. Rest your forehead on the floor and breathe easily.

The child's pose is a comfortable resting posture that allows you to quiet your mind as your body settles into deeper relaxation. In many ways it is the asana equivalent of the fetal position. Bring the Law of Least Effort into your awareness as you surrender into the

child's pose, feeling the sense of inner safety that this posture generates.

Children are flexible and have an amazing capacity to adapt to changing situations even as they have limited ability to control the course of their own lives. Despite the fact that they are subject to the will of adults who direct their lives, children are able to find joy in their present moment. Flexibility and adaptability are valuable qualities that yoga can cultivate to reestablish some of the resiliency of youth.

Carl Jung once said that as children we have unconscious perfection. As adults we become conscious of our imperfection. Finally, with wisdom we achieve a state of conscious perfection.

The child's pose provides an opportunity to quiet the mind, relax the body, and celebrate the state of conscious perfection. Whenever you feel that the demands of the world are becoming too burdensome, assume this pose and allow the Law of Least Effort and the Law of Detachment to spontaneously awaken within you.

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