"You can always rest in Child's Pose"

Ah! Music to my ears…I’ll never forget the first time I heard the yoga instructor state, “You can always rest in Child’s pose”.   What? Rest during Yoga? Listening to your body is one of the most important parts of a yoga practice.  The physical practice of Yoga is not “mind over matter” but more of a holistic process --- synchronizing your body and breath with your mind and spirit.    Child’s pose or Balasana in Sanskrit is a position to come to at any time during your practice to catch your breath, slow down, assess, and rest.  It is also a great pose to help clear distractions. 


Here are a few benefits of Child’s Pose:

·      Calms the mind and body

·      Encourages strong and steady breathing

·      Helps alleviate stress and anxiety

·      Lengthens and stretches the spine

·      Gently stretches the hips, thighs and ankles

·      Helps to relieve lower back pain

·      Normalizes circulation throughout the body

·      Increases blood circulation to your head which reduces headaches

·      Massages the internal organs, aiding in digestion



How to do Child’s Pose:

·      Begin in an all fours position on the hands and knees (tabletop) with the tops of the feet down.

·      Release hips towards the heels, resting the upper body and head down towards the mat.

·      Knees can be wide –allowing the torso and chest towards the floor (or ) keep the knees together to provide support for the upper body and back.

·      Arms can be extended over the head-reaching towards the top of the mat (extended child’s pose) or along side the body reaching back towards the heels (resting child’s pose).