In the body of the world, they say, there is a soul, and you are that.

- Rumi 

 

Child’s Pose

 

Do you ever have a morning where you are dropping everything, bumping into the furniture, the wall, and the fridge left and right?

It usually means that you need to ground…re-center…and re-balance your energy.

 

How do you do that?

There are many ways to ground, but today we will discuss a super simple self care tool that is grounding, in addition to being wonderfully restorative.

 

Child’s Pose

 

Child’s Pose is an excellent yoga position for grounding, re-centering, re-balancing, restoring, and releasing unwanted energy.

Yoga teachers will often use it after a challenging sequence of poses and remind participants, throughout the practice, to return to child's pose as often as needed.

 

How do you do Child’s Pose?

 

 
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There are several ways to do this...and please do the version that feels good for your body.

 

First, begin in Table Pose.

  • Bring yourself down to the floor on all fours.
  • Line up your shoulders over your wrists/hands.
  • Line up your hips over your knees.

 

One Way of Doing Child's pose:

  • From table pose, bring your knees together and sit back so that you are seated upon your feet.
  • Then bow over your knees reaching your arms out in front of you until you are comfortably bent over your knees.
  • Your forehead reaching to the floor or upon the floor...arms reaching out in front of you.
  • Let the ground support you.

 

Second Way of Doing Child's pose:

(use a yoga mat for reference)

  • Spread your knees out to the edge of a yoga mat.
  • Bow down in-between your legs until your forehead rests on the floor.
  • Arms reaching out in front you.

 

Just feel your breath going into your body and allow your body to relax and let go on every exhale.

When should you get up?

When you feel better.

 

It is as simple as that.

 

Literally any time that I am rushing around, dropping things, or bumping into everything, I will immediately go into Child’s Pose.

I also do this pose any time I am feeling out of sorts, overwhelmed, exhausted, and simply need a moment.


It’s an incredibly restorative pose and I, as always, encourage you to try it for re-centering, grounding, and bringing some care

of self to you!

 

Photos and artwork by Sean Kelley.