Child’s Pose

December 9, 2008 by  
Filed under Yoga Poses

General Guidelines: An open mind, empty stomach, and bare feet are recommended. Do not strain or force any movements.

Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. Pay special attention to breath and body alignment. Hold each pose for a minimum of five inhalations/exhalations (about half a minute).

  1. Sit “Japanese Style” buttocks/hips on top of heels. NOTE: You may place a towel roll or small folded blanket between buttocks and heels if necessary—the buttocks should rest on top of the heels at all times!
  2. Raise arms overhead, inhale and fill the lungs.
  3. Slowly exhale and lower arms to ground in front of the body, keeping buttocks/hips on the heels.
  4. Palms stay outstretched, forearms off the floor. Forehead reaches toward the floor. Gaze is directed at the floor.
  5. Breathe here for five cycles, letting the belly sink into the tops of the thighs.

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