Restorative Yoga Poses

Happy Baby Pose

This pose gently brings a greater awareness to the hip joints.

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Happy Baby Pose: Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1

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

Step 2

Inhale, grip the outsides of your feet with your hands, or loop a strap or belt over each foot.  Open your knees slightly wider than your torso, then bring them up toward your armpits.

Step 3

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


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Happy baby pose

Micheal Winkler

Pose Information

Sanskrit Name

Ananda Balasana

Pose Level


Contraindications and Cautions

Knee injury
Neck injury.  Support your head on a thickly folded blanket

Preparatory Poses

Balasana (Child’s Pose)
Virasana (Hero Pose)

Follow-up Poses

Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog)

Beginner’s Tip

If you can’t easily hold your feet with your hands, try holding each foot with a yoga strap looped around the middle arch.


Gently stretches the inner groins and the back spine
Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and fatigue