SANSKRIT: Balāsana (bah-LAHS-anna)

DESCRIPTION: From a kneeling position, the toes and knees are together with most of the weight of the body resting on the heels of the feet. The arms are by the side body and the fingers are relaxed. The forehead rest softly onto the earth. The gaze is down and inward.

BENEFITS: Gently stretches the hips, thighs, and ankles. Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and fatigue. Relieves back and neck pain when done with head and torso supported.