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Restore Yourself With Child’s Pose

childspose.jpgI sometimes roll into Child’s Pose, letting my shins and knees sink into my mattress before I get out of bed. I did this when I was a kid. I keep the center of my forehead on the mattress for several minutes and then might turn it slowly right and left.
In yoga class, the Child’s Pose is a wonderful way to restore your energy, to say, I’ve had enough. It’s a check-in point, a bow to yourself, a little lull that allows your breath to flow into your back, your shoulders, your neck. Do nothing. There is no shame to this.
Good yoga teachers will generally give you Child’s Pose as a rest or encourage you to get into it when you’re breathing heavily and getting hot. (Unless you’re in teacher training, I guess, and you have to be tough!)
If you’ve never tried yoga, try this pose for a few minutes today. On a rug or mat is best. You can send your arms out in front, or fold them next to your body with palms up or down.
The Child’s Pose says, “Thank you. I am grateful. I am attending to myself this moment.”
Enjoy it!

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posted July 19, 2007 at 6:26 pm

Very useful! I hope these descriptions of yoga poses – both about their technique and meaning – will become a regular feature of the blog.
The Buddha Diaries

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posted July 20, 2007 at 9:22 am

This pose has such a peaceful feel to it. Ah! Too bad I can’t get my body to bend in all of those yoga poses. I’m not athletic so very hesitant about trying yoga- Perhaps privately in my own home? LOL

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posted July 20, 2007 at 1:02 pm

Ahh, I can hear the sound of tearing knee cartilages already…

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posted July 20, 2007 at 10:10 pm

Wow! I’ve been doing a yoga pose in my bed too and didn’t even know it. It just feels good and like the ‘right’ thing to do sometimes. Intuitive…like a child…hmmm, maybe I should finally try this yoga thing.

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posted July 21, 2007 at 9:42 am

For those who can’t comfortable assume this pose (yet!), a pillow place between the thinghs and calves will be helpful.

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posted August 17, 2007 at 11:04 am

Yes indeed! It is a restorative pose/asana and greatly helps one to relax and rejuvinate. This pose has for long formed a part of my daily practice of Kundalini Yoga giving me many benifits, primarily – increased concentration.
The Hindu Life

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