Get support under any tender joints, such as under the ankles, behind the knees or across the front of the pelvis and underneath the belly and forehead to allow the body to curl up into this pose and get a sense of being in a protective, cozy cocoon. Try sliding a block underneath the bolster and softly wrapping your arms around the bolster in a gentle hug for extra comfort.
Ready to work it?
Here are some classes featuring Supported Childs Pose.
A yin practice for the heart. Summer-inspired.
Summer is filled with vibrant energy. Take time out of your busy day to just be. To rest and digest. When our heart and digestion are harmonious, we feel an enthusiasm for life and genuine warmth in our interactions. This practice will bring you more ease within yourself and the world around you.
In the yin practice, we want to feel something - not too much and not too little. Comfortably uncomfortable in most poses. We are looking to create healthy stress on the deep tissues in the body -the yin tissues. They respond and become more resilient with this type of training rather than with movement which is what our muscles or yang tissues need. Props can help us relax and tell our nervous system we are safe.
Bolster, blankets, blocks, strap, chair, wall. Get creative with your props at home - use a tie from your robe as a strap, stiff couch cushion, or pillow as a bolster. Use books for blocks!
If you woke up with a stiff neck or sat too long at your computer, you'll enjoy this simple practice to unwind tension in your neck and whole spine. If you have chronic tension or something more serious, be sure to see the big picture and know that this is only one piece of the puzzle. If this works for you, yay! You can do it before you even get out of bed in the morning!