Yoganidrasana (Yogic Sleep) & Ananda Balasana (Happy Baby) – Overview

Lesson Overview

  • Features: Yoganidrasana (Yogic Sleep), and related poses such as Ananda Balasana (Happy Baby)
  • Objective: Become knowledgeable about the pose and review detailed teaching considerations.
  • Description: Explain the Sanskrit naming; contraindications and cautions; associated benefits and typical effects; instructions and cues for setting up and practicing the pose; variations to meet particular intentions and needs; and more teaching considerations.


“nidra” = sleep

Yogic Sleep Pose

Ananda Balasana

“ananda” = happiness

“bala” = child

Happy Baby Pose

Also known as: Stirrup Pose, Dead Bug

Heart of Poses

  • Hip Stretch
  • Forward Bend


  • Yoganidrasana is Supta Kurmasana flipped over.
  • Happy Baby is a beginner’s variation of Yoganidrasana.
  • Happy Baby serves as a non-weight bearing alternative to Malasana (Garland Pose / Yogic Squat) for knee or other issues.
  • Counterpose (from Bernie Clark): Windshield Wipers, for internal hip rotation. Lie on back with feet on floor as wide apart as the mat; drop knees from side to side.

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