Child's pose (Balasana) is a relaxing position that offers numerous physical and psychological advantages. It gently stretches the back, shoulders, hips, thighs and abdominal organs while stimulating third eye point for increased calmness of mind, body and soul.
Deep breathing exercises help promote deep breaths and soothe the nervous system by lowering the forehead to the mat and relaxing neck muscles. Furthermore, compression on the abdomen sends signals to both pituitary gland and hypothalamus that will eventually lower heart rates.
Regular practice of child's pose helps foster conscious exploration of breath. As the stomach compresses into the thighs, there is an extension of frontal ribs and abdominal muscles behind the body, allowing lungs to expand beyond its original locations in the torso, as well as encouraging use of back and abdominal muscles which strengthen spinal curvature and improve posture.
Cobra Pose may provide relief for herniated discs or back pain caused by facet joint stenosis, as it allows the spine to extend backwards without compressing facet joints that become compressed when extended backwards; child's Pose gives these joints space without increasing pain levels.
This posture can be held for an extended period, making it suitable for people suffering from back or hip injuries as well as knee issues. To protect and reduce stress on knees, try placing a rolled towel or yoga block beneath them or spreading out knees wider to alleviate pressure off of lower legs.