Yoga Pose of the Week: Child’s Pose
If you’ve ever done yoga, then you can appreciate child’s pose. It’s usually performed at the end of a strenuous sequence or at the end to relax the mind and body. But did you know that child’s pose is also helpful in other ways?
Benefits of Child’s Pose
In addition to rejuvenating and restoring the body and mind, this pose helps:
- Release tension in the lower back
- Add length in the spine
- Increase blood circulation
- Promote healthy digestion
- Make space in the hips
- Stretch the ankles, shoulders and quadricep (thigh) muscles
- Massage internal organs
How to Do Child’s Pose
Start on your hands and knees. With your palms pressed into the floor and your knees open a little more than hip width apart, push your buttocks back to sit on your feet. Stretch your arms as far in front of you as possible, continuing to press your palms or fingertips into the floor. Rest your forehead on the floor, taking the pressure off of your shoulders. You can also rest your arms, palms facing the sky, along either side of your body. Inhale and exhale deeply for 5-10 breaths.
To get out of the pose, return to your hands and knees.