This magnificent pose is relaxing most of the time. If your body does not love this pose, though, it’s okay. Not everybody is made for every pose. Tight hipped friends may take some time to like this pose and friends with knees injuries may avoid it all together.
Children who are wise in body and deeply connected to their needs instinctively make this shape with their body. Impressively many children with special needs know to make this shape without any direction from a yoga teacher, but by merely sensing their need to cut down the external sensory input and to be at one with themselves and the earth.
This grounding pose is recommended to reduce outside input and stimulation, while allowing the practitioner to slow down and enjoy a moment to breathe.
Ages: All ages
Mantra: I am connected
From your hands and knees, press your hips toward your heels.
Stretch your arms and heart forward and down into the ground while you keep your hips back and down toward your feet.
Breathe deeply and relax.
If it feels safe, close your eyes and let your face relax.
Try to breathe slowly in and out, allowing your lungs to expand and contract. Enjoy the peace of being turned in and when you feel done, come out again.
Additional Exercises with Kids:
Child’s pose is a great pose to prompt discussion about being in the moment and grounded.
Talk about how your kids feel when they are in the child’s pose.
Stretches the legs: ankles, thighs, hips, knees
Releases back and neck tension
Relieves stress and calms the body