When I think of a happy baby, the image of a small human grabbing his toe and stuffing it into his mouth is by far the best.
Like most yoga poses that take inspiration from nature, Ananda Balasana - Happy Baby pose, is not far off from the original.
Primarily practiced as a hip-opener, Happy Baby holds incredible benefits for those suffering from lower pain as well.
However this is only the case if the pose is done properly. In an attempt to grip the soles of the feet with the hands, many of us will begin to round the lower back, lifting the tailbone away from the floor.
An easy solution: reach lower down on the legs whether it’s the ankles, calves or even the backs of the thighs. This allows the lower back to release onto the floor, creating length and space where it’s needed.
Here’s a step-by-step guide:
Lie down on your back with you knees bent and the soles of the feet on the floor.
On an exhale, bring your knees into your chest.
Separate the legs and hold onto the outer edges of your feet with your hands. Feel free to adjust the position of the hands to suit your body’s needs today.
The knees aim towards the armpit, tailbone to the ground with the soles of your feet facing the ceiling.
Stay here for 10 to 15 cycles of breath.