Learn Yoga with the Childs Pose

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The Child's Pose is a well-known yoga technique, which is used to help people calm their body, mind, and spirit. It is also associated with the 'third-eye point', a point on a person's forehead, typically associated with pain relief and also linked to a reduction in depression in some people. The Child's Pose stretches the lower back, tones your abdomen and stimulates digestion. However, do not attempt this pose if you have had recent or have chronic injuries in your knees, as this pose can aggravate these injuries.

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What You Will Need

  • A yoga mat
  • Stretchy yoga trousers
  • A baggy shirt or vest which allows for maximum arm movement.
  • A proper warm up, which can be found in our article on how to warm up before yoga.

The Child's Pose - Step-by-Step

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    From the Table Pose, breathe out and lower your hips to your heels and place your forehead onto the floor or your yoga mat
    Keep your knees together if you can. However, if this is uncomfortable, then spread your knees slightly apart.
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    Your arms can be placed out in front of you with your palms to the floor, or you can ball your hands into fists and stack them under your forehead
    The arms could also be placed along the side of your body, palms up, depending on your level of comfort.
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    Breathe in slowly and deeply, try to press your stomach to your thighs as you inhale
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    Inhale and hold
    Do this for around 4-12 breaths depending on how confident you feel in the pose.
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    To release this pose put your palms under your shoulders and slowly breathe in while rising to a seated position
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    Don't forget to cool down
    If you would like more information on cooling down after attempting this posture please view our article on how to cool down after practicing Yoga.
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Variations on The Child's Pose

If you are having trouble with this pose, then try placing a blanket under your hips, knees or head to make it more comfortable. You can open your knees wider to try and slip your arms between your legs and turning your head to the side if you are confident with the simpler version of the pose. If you are pregnant and attempting the pose, you can spread your legs wider to remove the pressure from your stomach.

See our other tutorials on exercises: Learn Yoga with the Tree Pose, Learn Yoga with the Downward Dog, Learn Yoga with the Mountain Pose, Build Better Glutes Using an Exercise Ball, Build Better Glutes at Home with 4 Simple Exercises, Activate Glutes with Simple Exercises, and Properly Stretch Your Lower Body.

If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.


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Recent edits by: Eng, HealthNut

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