ANATOMY OF YOGA: CHILD'S POSE
If you’re anything like me, you’re still laughing at the above image because seriously… Child’s pose. Is. The. Best. It relieves back tension. It stretches the legs. It can even improve flexibility and health in the knee joint which is great for tennis players. My favorite thing about child’s pose is its ability to combat stress. Plus, it’s a great pose to fall into when I’m feeling a little overwhelmed during yoga class.
Here’s how to do it:
(Note there are a couple of variations, we're fans of knees wider than hips - so that's what we're going to focus on below)
Start on your hands and knees. Then widen the knees, with your big toes touching. Slowly move your hips until your tailbone rests over the heels. Rest the forehead on the floor, either extending the arms straight ahead or by your sides. Focus on your breath and lengthening the spine as you keep the lower belly slightly engaged.
Next time you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed in your yoga class or like your swimming in stress in your day to day life, try resting in Child’s Pose for a few breaths, and you’ll be feeling totally recharged.
*Please note these instructions are very basic guides. If you are new to yoga, please find a local studio near you and take a couple of classes before attempting to practice alone. We cannot be held responsible for an injury caused by following these instructions.