You have probably heard your yoga teacher say, if you need a rest during the practice just go into child’s pose. Well the same can apply to your day to day.
If you are facing feelings of uncertainty, overwhelm, stress, or intense emotions, child’s pose may provide you with some grounding. It is a safe space for you to find pause and tune into your self.
Give yourself a 15 minute break to work through these 3 variations of this restorative asana whenever you need it.
- Seed Variation – Keep the knees close. Let the forehead rest down. Bring the arms alongside the legs. Turn the palms to face up. Settle in, feel your shoulders drop. Tune into the breath, inhaling through the nose and sighing through the mouth.
2. Wide-Legged – Bring the arms out in front of you. Keep the big toes together as you widen the knees. Adding a stretch into the hips. Also making room for deep, expansive belly breaths. You might want to prop your palms under the forehead or turn onto one cheek. Switching cheeks halfway through.
3. Side Bend – Keep the knees wide. Walk the hands far to the right. Relax the forehead down. Open up space around the heart. Stretching into the left side of the waist. Melt your chest down towards the floor. After a couple minutes, walk hands to the left side, to stretch the right waist.
Need more cues and thoughtful instruction as you hold each one, try practicing along with me in the video below.