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Child's Pose

Child’s Pose: A Complete Guide For Beginners

Do you want to gently stretch your body parts? If yes, Child’s pose is just for you. It is one of the most important resting poses that should be included in your yoga session. Moreover, practicing the Child’s pose offers you a brief stop while completing a yoga sequence. Thus, you can place it where you feel a little break or rest is required.

Let’s first understand in brief about the Child’s pose before jumping over to step by step guide to practice this pose. Further, check out different variations to practice the Child’s pose so that anyone can practice this pose. Read on.

Child’s Pose: A Brief Introduction

The Child’s pose offers a little rest or breaks in a continuously moving yoga sequence. It stretches the lower back, hamstrings, hips, and calve muscles. Moreover, it works on your ankle muscles by enhancing their mobility and range of motion.

Further, the Child’s pose works on lengthening and stretching the spine. Therefore, you become more active, healthy, and fit with consistent practice of the Child’s pose.

Check out the following steps to practice the Child’s pose. Following these steps will make your practice easier and pain-free. Read on.

Step By Step Guide to Practice Child’s Pose

  • Kneel on the ground and align your shoulders over your hands. Make sure your knees are set wide apart from each other.
  • Further, let your big toes touch each other which makes a V with your legs below knees.
  • Rest your hips on your calves that press your shin bones towards the ground.
  • Let the top of your feet touches the floor and stretch your ankles.
  • Bend forward and let your head touch the ground in front of you.
  • Stretch your arms as far as you can while bending forward to extend your shoulder joints.
  • Moreover, breathe into your chest to expand and stretch it.
  • Once you are done stretching, sit straight on your hips and breathe normally.

Variations to Practice Child’s Pose

Let’s have a look at some of the variations of the Child’s pose that you can try in case if you can’t practice the conventional pose.

Padding Under Knees

Knees are one of the major joints that are under direct pressure while practicing the Child’s pose. So, it might be hard for many people to practice this pose. Therefore, if you feel pain in your knees, make sure you place padding under your knees.

It could be a yoga blanket or using a thicker yoga mat. Just make sure your knees are placed on a soft surface.

Thick Blanket Under Thighs

Knee mobility is another major issue that could play a crucial role while practicing the Child’s pose. For that, you should use a thick yoga blanket. Fold it and place it under your thighs and on your calves. Sit on top of this blanket that will limit your range of motion and reduces the pressure on your knees.

Once your body adapts to it, reduce the width of the yoga blanket. Keep doing this until there is no blanket. This variation gradually improves the mobility of your knees which reduces any chance of injury.

Benefits of Practicing Child’s Pose

Explore numerous benefits of practicing the Child’s pose that you enjoy with consistent practice.

Enhances Spine Mobility

The spine consists of various smaller joints that are responsible for moving your body. However, spinal mobility minimizes when you spend hours sitting at a desk or lying on a bed. Practicing the Child’s pose moves it in different directions that improve your spinal mobility.

Strong Knees

Kneeling itself massages your knees caps. It further leads to the release of various fluids that lubricates your knees. Hence, they move easily without any pain when you practice different yoga asanas.

Increases Flexibility

Hamstring flexibility plays a vital role in your everyday life. You can do different tasks with utmost easiness. Moreover, you do not have to fight with a lower range of motion of your muscles and joints. It helps you move seamlessly in everyday life.

Removes Fatigue

Practicing the Child’s pose removes fatigue from your legs, lower back, shoulder joints, arms, and neck muscles. Thus, you get a loose body and active mind.

Also Read: Chair Pose

Sum Up

The Child’s pose has plenty of other benefits that make your life easier. Thus, you should practice this pose every day to relax and rejuvenate your body.

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