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Shashankasana – Hare Posture & Balasana – Child’s Posture

By Prana Yoga | In All Yoga Postures, Forward Bends, Relaxation Postures, Vajrasana Group | on June 3, 2014

These postures are resting postures for relaxing the whole body. They are used interchangably, and sometimes the names are swapped over which is why I have included them on the same page.

Shashankasana-Hare-Posture

Balasana-Childs-Posture

Steps:

  1. Start in Vajrasana (thunderbolt posture) – kneeling
  2. Relax your torso forward over the thighs. You can bring your knees a little apart if this makes it more comfortable for you.
  3. For Shashankasana (Hare) stretch your arms out infront of you like the ears of a hare
  4. For Balasana (child’s pose) bring the hands back behind the hips in the way that you may see a child or baby sleeping.

Benefits:

  1. Relaxation of the body
  2. Calming the mind

Contraindications:
As these postures are supposed to be relaxing for the body, if you are finding discomfort or any difficulty in breathing, move to a different position where you can relax.

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