Stretch for stress relief

Give yourself the gift of a yoga posture called Child Pose (Balasana) this holiday season. This is a resting pose that stretches the hips, thighs and ankles in a gentle way while relieving any stress or fatigue.

Let’s take a closer look at why this posture alleviates stress.

The forward bend in the child pose puts pressure on and stimulates that space between your eyebrows. Because this space governs the brain, ears, eyes, nose, pituitary and pineal glands, and the neurological system, the physical dysfunctions associated with imbalance or blockages can be severe.

Headaches, eyestrain, panic, depression and nightmares are all linked to this small place on the forehead primarily because the pineal gland is in charge of producing the hormones serotonin (mood) and melatonin (sleep patterns). These brain chemicals, when unbalanced, cause such dysfunctions.

Child Pose (Balasana) Instructions

  1. Kneel and sit back on your feet with your heels pointing outward and your knees separated (about the natural width of your hips).
  2. Leaning forward, touch your forehead to the floor and massage the space between your eyebrows to activate your pineal and pituitary glands and bring your arms forward in front of you, exhaling deeply.
  3. On the next inhale, bring your arms back parallel to your legs with palms open toward the ceiling.
  4. Exhale deeply and repeat as many cycles as you like.
  5. Rest assured knowing you have now balanced your pineal and pituitary glands!
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