Known to most as a resting pose, child’s pose can be an excellent asana to add in between difficult poses to help focus and ground yourself or your students. While it may not look like much is going on, there are plenty of benefits for the body.

Child’s pose helps to relax the front body while gently stretching the hips, back and neck muscles. This is also a great time to bring your awareness back to breathing fully and deeply.

For child’s pose, start on your hands and knees with your knees slightly apart and toes touching. Rest your buttocks on your heels, chest on your thighs, and gently take your head to rest your forehead on the mat. You can choose to place your hands behind you next to your ankles for a more passive pose. Alternatively, extend your arms forward with the palms down and use them to lengthen your spine and separate your shoulder blades.

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