Asana Focus: Balasana, “Child’s Pose”

Balasana has many benefits, helping to: relieve stiffness in the back; settle a busy or stressed mind; maintain mobility in the knees, hips and ankles; facilitate deeper breathing by encouraging breath into the back of the body rather than just the front of the chest; create rest for the eyes and front brain
; and prepare us for other more complex Yoga asanas requiring the knees & hips to fold deeply
You won’t feel any of these benefits though if the pose is causing strong discomfort in your body, and most people find Balasana quite difficult at first. You should never allow your knees to feel pain in Yoga, but if you’ve mainly sat in chairs rather than on the floor and are not used to kneeling, then your knees, hips and ankles may take patience and time to work toward this position. Using some simple supported variations with awareness and sensitivity can help enormously, allowing you to relax properly into Balasana and reap the full benefits of the pose.

Build your own Yoga practice

While it’s very beneficial to come to a class regularly, there is nothing like having your very own Yoga practice to really reap the benefits of Yoga in the most practical way; getting in tune with your own body & intuition, using poses that can help you balance what you do physically in your work, and learning […]

Welcome to Huon Valley Yoga, the friendly mobile Yoga service for Southern Tasmania. We believe that anyone can find more ease in body, breath & mind through Yoga. We know first-hand that the ancient, yet relevant & practical tools of Yoga can help us today more than ever to regain our energy and serenity. Whether you’d like to… – enjoy our friendly, […]

What style of Yoga do you teach?

This is the question I get asked most, and the answer is often not what new students expect. My way of teaching involves choosing from a range of Yoga techniques to suit the participants in my classes. Taking into consideration participants’ daily lives, posture, state of mind, and energy levels, as well as any injuries […]

Some practical hints for a healthy back

Learn the art of relaxation. Give yourself a conscious, deliberate 20 minutes minimum deliberate relaxation every day. Pain is “wired in” with fear – it’s a survival technique. Remaining anxious increases pain. Learning to be a calm observer of your pain will help to decrease it. Stress inhibits the body’s natural healing abilities and tightens […]

Yoga after the Winter Solstice

We’ve just celebrated the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year. With fewer hours of daylight, many of you have said that it seems harder to get out of bed in the morning. Some people miss the sunlight and find that they feel a bit flat at this time of year, while others relish […]

Practising Yoga in Autumn

As the season changes, you may have noticed some different sequences creeping into your Yoga lessons. I’m often adding in more moving sequences that warm and mobilise the body, and following them up with poses that increase awareness of the “fire” chakra (belly centre). We also hold standing poses & balances that are grounding and […]