Updated: Oct 24, 2019
If you are a faithful yogi or a fresh newbie to yoga, Child's Pose is a user-friendly (at any level) pose. Why do I love it? It is RESTORATIVE! Child's Pose is a beautiful resting pose during your vinyasa (routine). I incorporate it in almost all of my routines, especially ones that focus on hip opening. Like any yoga pose, it is up to you how deep you'd like to go with it. Take a look at these basic pose steps, and give Child's Pose a try!
Once on your mat, get on all fours (hands & knees).
Bend knees as you shift your hips back toward your heels.
Note: I prefer to open my legs enough that my hips can go between my heels/ankles. Basically, I am sitting my behind (glutes) in the framing of my ankles. However, you may prefer to sit on top of your heels.
Extend your arms in front of you, palms facing down. Place your head down toward the mat (as low as you can comfortably go) and breathe deep here.
As I said, I appreciate this pose because of its restorative properties. I also love it because it exudes a sense of humility, as I bow and often pray in this position.
Give yourself time to rest in this pose, taking at least 3-5 deep breaths.
Child's Pose is a gentle hip opener.
For a printable guide on Child's Pose, check out: https://www.etsy.com/listing/589082047/childs-pose-yoga-png-instant-download
For assistance props in this pose, you can:
- Place a towel or block under your forehead so you do not strain your neck.
- Place a towel or block under your hips/glutes if you do not want to sit too deeply.
- Place a thick mat or non-slip towel for extra padding under the knees to protect them.
What do you like about Child's Pose?
What is your favorite yoga pose?