Child’s pose is a restorative pose that you can come to at any time during a yoga class.
It’s first in our list of yoga poses for beginners to learn because it’s encouraged to default to at any time. Out of breath and need a break? Child’s pose. Injured and unable to do another pose? Child’s pose. Seriously, it’s perfectly acceptable to take a child’s pose as often as you like.
CHILD’S POSE BENEFITS
Child’s pose has the following benefits:
- incredibly calming
- relieves muscle tension
- lengthens the spine
- creates mobility in the hips
HOW TO DO CHILD’S POSE
1. From a kneeling position, widen your knees towards the edges of your yoga mat.
2. Point your toes and bring them to touch with the tops of your feet against the mat.
3. Extend your arms and hands forward to touch the ground at the front of your yoga mat.
4. Let your bottom come back to rest on your heels, creasing at the knees and hips.
5. Bring your chest forward keeping a tall spine and let your forehead and chest come to rest on or towards the mat.
MODIFICATIONS FOR BEGINNERS
- You can do this pose with active and engaged arms or let them rest at your sides with hands towards the back of the mat.
- Roll up a yoga blanket to place in the crease behind the knees to alleviate any pressure in the legs.
- If your forehead does not touch the mat, rest it on a yoga block to allow your neck to release comfortably.