Did you know that September is National Yoga Month? Well, as my way to honor one of my favorite activities (and something that I often say has “saved my life” on numerous occasions, even if it’s more a mental save than a physical one), I have decided to spend the month focusing on yoga, my practice and some of the many asanas (poses) that make it up. I’ll be spending every Tuesday and Thursday for the month of September focusing on a different pose and it’s benefits. I hope you’ll join me!
When you think of child’s pose, it’s likely that you think of rest and with good reason. It’s the pose that we are often directed to take in practice when we need a break, whether that be a mental or a physical one; it’s that reminder to come back to our breath, our intention and the present moment.
Here are some of the amazing benefits of child’s pose:
- Calming for the mind, alleviates stress
- Supports Digestion
- Opens hips
- Lengthens the spine
- Releases tension in back, shoulders and chest
To get into child’s pose, you can get into a table top position, knees wide on your mat, tops of your feet face down, big toes touch, then reach your arms forward and sit back into your feet as you bring your forehead to touch the earth.
It’s the perfect connection to the earth and our surroundings. Taking rest in child’s pose isn’t a sign of weakness, but rather strength of mind and acknowledgement of what your body needs right now.
Personally, I find it hard to take child’s pose mid-class; it breaks me off from my flow and focus, so when given an option to hold another pose, I often do, but truthfully, sometimes what we really need is that break. Just the other week, I was in class and we started flowing a lot quicker than normal; the class was good but I hadn’t been feeling my best and when the instructor announced we’d be flowing through “one more time,” I knew it wasn’t in my best interest to do so. I took a small swallow to my pride, took my knees out wide, toes touching, and sat back. Even as everyone around me flowed and instruction after instruction was given, I sat in my child’s pose and focused on my intention and knowing I did what my body needed.
Within a few breaths, the instructor came over and lightly pressed on my back, a small adjustment to help me get deeper into the pose; I took it as her reassurance and acknowledgement that I had done good in taking what I needed.
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Do you take child’s pose in the middle of class when you need it?
What’s your favorite yoga pose?