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Happy Baby Pose

Ananda Balasana

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Step by Step

Lie on your back. With an exhale, bend your knees into your belly.

Inhale, grip the outsides of your feet with your hands (if you have difficulty holding the feet directly with your hands, hold onto a belt looped over each sole.) Open your knees slightly wider than your torso, then bring them up toward your armpits.

Position each ankle directly over the knee, so your shins are perpendicular to the floor. Flex through the heels. Gently push your feet up into your hands (or the belts) as you pull your hands down to create a resistance.

Coax the thighs in toward your torso and down toward the floor as you lengthen the spine—release your tail bone toward the floor and lengthen the base of your skull away from the back of your neck.

Hold the pose steadily for 30 seconds to one minute. Then release the feet back to the floor with an exhale and rest for a few breaths.

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BK

It's not good for pregnant women because you are spending a long time flat on the back which can cut off blood flow to the fetus.

Anonymous

Heather It takes core to keep your back flat to the floor and to open the hips out wide.

Sandy feet

I love Happy Baby! It always makes me smile, because I think of my girls and grandchildren doing this when they were babies. Feels good too!

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