Spring is merging into summer and as the lambs go skipping about in the fields and baby showers seem to be happening in abundance, we take a little of that childhood joy with yoga teacher Charlie Merton, and learn the Happy Baby pose, otherwise known as Ananda Balasana…
How to do it
Lie down on your back and draw the knees into your chest as you exhale.
As you inhale take the knees apart just wider than your torso, hold the outer edge of your feet and as you exhale gently guide the knees down towards your armpits (you can use a yoga belt looped over the middle arch of your feet if you can’t reach with the hands).
Try to position the ankle directly above the knee so that the lower leg is perpendicular to the floor, then flex the foot and press it into your hands, and gently apply pressure with the hand creating opposition as you focus on the stretch on the inner groin and outer buttock.
Back away from the posture if you have any pain in the knees or neck.
What it’s good for
As you might expect, this is a pose that has a really positive effect on your mental outlook, helping to relieve stress, tension and fatigue.
It’s also good for helping with lower back ache and releases the thighs and groin.
Happy Baby also stretches the spine and hamstrings to make you feel utterly relaxed and of course, happy!
A journalist by trade, Bonnie is the Editor for Spabreaks.com. Keen to spread the message on accessible wellbeing and a spa experience for all, she thinks green smoothies are somewhat overrated and her favourite spa treatment is an Elemis Couture Technology facial.