Child’s Pose and Downward Dog

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This week, there will be two poses! The first is balasana also known as child’s pose. This pose has so many great benefits for our bodies as it stretches our hips, thighs and ankles while stretching the back-torso muscles gently. This pose is known to reduce stress and tiredness as well as soothes and calms the brain. This is one of my personal favourites because I always have problems stretching my hips so every practice I start in this pose and I end in this pose just to feel how much stretching my body has done. At the beginning of my practice, I find I am very stiff in this pose but by the end of my practice, my body has warmed up so it becomes a calming pose. The steps to practice this pose properly are:

  1. Start on the mat on your hands and knees
  2. Spread your knees apart but keep your big toes touching one another
  3. Rest your buttocks on your heels
  4. On your exhale, sink your hips back and bow your body forward so your torso is between your thighs
  5. Your hands should be in front of your face extending with palms down
  6. Extend your arms as much as you can to lengthen from your hips to your armpits
  7. Stay in this position for anywhere between 5-100 breaths but do what your body feels it should

The second pose is downward dog. I love this pose because it stretches the backs of your hamstrings. Some of the benefits to this pose are; that it elongates the spine from planting your feets down and pushing your hands into the mat. It strengthens and opens the chest which reduces the pain and pressure on the shoulders and upper back that we get when we are sitting all day in a hunched position. It opens the backs of your legs that tense up in movements like walking and running. This pose also brings awareness to your breathing which is a key aspect of yoga. This pose isn’t too complicated to it allows us to slow down our breath. The steps to practice this pose properly are:

  1. Begin on the mat with your hands and knees. Make sure your wrists are directly under your shoulders and your knees are directly under your hips
  2. Spread your fingers wide and press your palms on your mat
  3. Exhale and tuck your toes under and lift your knees off the floor
  4. Send your pelvic bone up towards the ceiling and your hips towards the back of the room
  5. Draw your chest towards your thighs and push the mat away from you

On @cameranmillaryoga there are pictures up of the poses!

 

 

 

 

resources used:

https://www.yogaoutlet.com/guides/how-to-do-child_s-pose-in-yoga

 

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