[Pose of the Week] The Many Benefits of Child’s Pose (Beginner)

Child's pose

Here’s a quick tutorial on how to do Child’s Pose, a foundational yoga pose with loads of benefits!

Child’s Pose (Balasana) is one of those foundational yoga poses like Downward Dog that you’ll probably do in every single yoga workout that you ever do. It’s also one of my absolute favorite poses!  🙂

Child’s pose is a simple relaxation or “rest pose” that is often done between other yoga exercises, or at the beginning of end of a yoga routine.

Here’s a quick tutorial:

  1. Kneel on your mat with your big toes close together and your knees a few inches to hip-width apart – depending on your preference and the degree of stretch you desire.
  2. Exhale as you bring your upper body forward to the mat, stretching your arms above your head as you sit back on your heels.
  3. Rest your forehead on the mat (or a towel or cushion if desired), and relax your neck. At this point, your torso should be relaxed onto your thighs, with your outstretched hands resting palms down on the mat. Alternatively, you can bring your arms down to rest by your sides, palms facing up. This will provide a gentler stretch.
  4. Breathe deeply and relax into the pose for a few seconds to a few minutes.

Notes:

Child’s pose is very gentle, but be careful if you suffer from knee injuries or high blood pressure, or if you are pregnant.

To modify the pose, you may wish to sit on a pillow or block, or place a cushion or folded towel under your forehead.

Here are just a few of the wonderful benefits of this relaxing yoga pose, according to GotYoga.com:

Improves Digestion

Bringing your knees together and resting your belly area on your thighs is a great way to provide a gentle massage for your digestive system.

Paired with deep breaths, it can help you use your abdominal muscles to provide a deeper massage when you push your muscles and draw them back.

It Brings Back Pain Relief

A sedentary lifestyle and an incorrect posture can put a lot of pressure on your lower back.

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During the child’s pose, you will stretch and give your back a well-deserved break while shifting some of the pressure on other muscle groups as well.

Maintains the Health of Your Hips

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Sitting on our chair for an extended time can produces some stiffness in the muscles around your hips, but the child’s pose fixes this issue by opening the hips through a gentle stretch.

The child’s pose can be used as a preventive method as well as a treatment method for hip pain.

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Relieves Anxiety and Depression

The slower pace of the pose as well as the vulnerable position helps you let go of your fears and become vulnerable yet confident in the thought that nothing can harm you.

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Helps with Low Blood Pressure

If you are getting dizzy when you walk out of your bed in the morning or your vision gets blurry when you stretch to reach the top shelf, low blood pressure might be to blame.

The child’s pose helps improve blood flow by stretching your body and engaging your core and back in a gentle manner.

 

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