Child’s pose is a resting pose in which the yogi begins by sitting back on the heels with the knees hip-width apart and the palms on the thighs. The torso is then lowered toward the thighs while the arms stretch overhead and the forehead and palms rest on the floor. Finally, the arms are brought back to the sides, palms facing up. The practitioner should relax the shoulders and neck and breathe through the nostrils while holding the pose for one to two minutes or as long as it is comfortable.
Child’s pose may also be referred to by its Sanksrit name, balasana.