In the world of yoga, there are a few poses that everyone should enjoy on a regular basis. One of those is Child’s Pose. This relaxing and rejuvenating pose is not only accessible for every body type, but it also gives gentle stretches in many tight areas of the body.
Modifications for All Body Types
When moving into Child’s Pose, which is also called balasana, the body can rest on bent knees. Depending on your body type, your knees can touch, be hips-width apart, or can be as wide as your mat. Your upper body then rests on the knees or between the knees. The forehead rests on the floor and the arms can be extended in front or reaching toward the heels. No matter what you do with your arms, your body and legs should be relaxed and heavy on the floor.
Relax the Arms or Activate a Stretch
If you are looking for relaxation, you can rest your arms along the sides of the body with the hands by the feet. If you are looking for a stretch and rejuvenation, reach your arms in front. You can push your finger tips into the floor and move the shoulders around to activate a stretch in the upper body. You can also push the hands into the floor and dip the tailbone towards the floor to get a powerful stretch along the spine, the shoulders, and the glutes.
Mindful Breathing Adds Value to Child’s Pose
You can add to the stretching sensation by breathing deeply in and out. As you inhale, reach forward and as you exhale, relax into the stretch. Coordinating subtle pulsations of movement with the breath helps to increase mindfulness and improve relaxation. This gentle pose is perfect to use when you need a break from more challenging poses, when you need time to get away from stress, and when you wake up in the morning. Restless children can use this pose as a way to calm down, especially before bedtime.