March 4, 2015

#39 "Yoga Minute" Child's Pose

"Child's Pose", a resting pose generally following other poses.

Begin by kneeling on the floor, feel free to place a blanket under the knees for comfort. Opening the knees to make room for your belly. Toes are touching or almost touching. As you exhale you're lying between the thighs with the torso or resting it on the thighs. Head can rest lightly on the floor, block or folded blanket with arms beside you, palms up. With light weight against the forehead as it rests on the floor, block or folded blanket is relaxing and releases tension

Let the buttocks drop toward the heels while the head, neck and shoulders drop toward the front of the mat. You're creating a mild traction in your back.

Feel how the shoulders pull the shoulder blades out to the sides and the inhalation lifts the back up and out. On each exhalation release your torso a little deeper between the legs.

Stay in "Child's Pose" at least 30 seconds, longer if comfortable, up to 3 minutes. When coming out, slowly lengthen the torso as your lifting up, pushing with the hands.

Benefits: Stretches your lower back, hips, thighs, knees, and ankles. Relaxes your spine, shoulders, and neck. Increases blood circulation to the head. Massages internal organs. Can relieve back and neck pain. Calms the body and brain helping to relieve stress.

You may want to avoid this pose or consult your doctor if you have hip, knee and or ankle problems, high blood pressure or pregnant.

Next week I'll show a couple modified versions of "Child's Pose".

These videos are designed for inactive beginners, seniors and people with most any illness or injury. I’ll also be posting these videos on my You Tube Channel “Yoga Chuck” and Facebook page “Real Yoga, LLC”. All poses should be a No Pain No Pain practice and avoid having discomfort. 

Happy & Healthy,
Yoga Chuck

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