Reminiscent of the fetal position and with your weight
supported by the oor, the restorative forward bend of
Child’s pose can be a deeply relaxing, restful posture
for many. It provides a deep but gentle stretch for your
back muscles, calming both body and mind.
THE BIG PICTURE
With as little muscle engagement as possible, your body
releases down. In particular your back muscles, buttocks,
and ankles stretch out. As you breathe deeply, the muscles
in and around your ribcage dynamically engage and
stretch with each breath.
Neck and upper arms
Your neck muscles are passive
with your splenius capitis and
splenius cervicis stretching.
Your posterior deltoids slightly
stretch while your shoulders are
in internal rotation. Your arm
muscles are passive with your
forearms pronated, allowing
the backs of your hands to
rest on the oor.
Another option is to separate
your knees and bring your hands
forward. This allows more space
for the torso and is a common
resting pose during sequences
such as sun salutations.
to create space
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