Stretches hips, low back and inner groins
Stimulates digestive organs
Calms mind, relieves stress
How to perform happy baby
- Lie on your back. Bend your knees toward your chest with an exhale.
- Clasp the outsides of your feet with your hands. Open your knees as wide as your shoulders. Flex your feet.
- Push your feet into your hands with an exhale as you pull your feet down, creating resistance.
- Hold the pose and take slow, deep breaths.
- Release with an exhale.
- Knees near armpits
- Shins perpendicular to floor
- Feet flexed
- Elbows bent
- Head on floor
- Low back on floor
Modification: Hold on to a belt looped over the soles of your feet.
Avoid this pose if you have knee injury.
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Happy Baby (Ananda Balasana in Sanskrit) is a beginner yoga pose that belongs to the hip openers and supine categories. This asana targets glutes & hip flexors and lower back, and also involves knees and shoulders muscles. Happy baby stretches and strengthens legs, opens chest; rejuvenates abdominal organs and also reduces fatigue, increases energy. Refer to the illustration and instructions above for how to perform this posture correctly. Discover more yoga asanas and yogic breathing exercises in our free yoga pose directory – a visual resource for yoga teacher training students as well as practitioners of all levels. Finally, shop our best-selling Yoga Cards products!
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