Asana: Balasana & Bhaktasana

2 Jan

Balasana (child’s pose) & Bhaktasana (devotional pose) are resting poses, where we can re-visit our intention, re-connect with breath, and reflect.

Note: Balasana & Bhaktasana are often referred to a “home base” or a “recovery pose” in asana classes.  However, if you have knee pain, a tear, or a history of knee surgery, neither of these poses are advised; try “Puppy Pose” instead, and place a cushion or blanket under the knees (depending upon the severity of your knee injury, even Puppy may not be advisable, and you might benefit from sticking to the standing postures).  Breathe slowly and fully as you practice, and come back up to hands and knees when you need to.  Notice sensation in your body, and please come out of the pose if you feel pain.

Bhaktasana and Balasana can:

  • Stretch hips, thighs, ankles
  • Calm the brain and help relieve stress and fatigue
  • Relieve back and neck pain (support head with a block and place a bolster under the torso if needed)


Approach these asanas slowly and mindfully. If something hurts, back out of the pose gently and reassess. Do not ever push through pain. The techniques and suggestions presented in these videos are not intended to substitute for medical advice. Consult your physician before beginning any new exercise program. Jessie Tierney and YogAscent/Horseback Yoga videos and website assume no responsibility for injuries suffered while practicing these techniques. If you are new to exercise or yoga, are elderly, have any chronic or recurring conditions such as high blood pressure, neck or back pain, arthritis, heart disease, and so on, seek your physician’s advice before practicing to determine necessary precautions.

5 Responses to “Asana: Balasana & Bhaktasana”


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