Solving Child’s Pose Woes
Child’s pose (a restorative version is featured above) is often discussed as THE resting place in many yoga (particularly Vinyasa or “flow” classes) where the teacher may say something like, “If you need a break, just come to Child’s Pose”.
And yes, by all means, if this feels restful for you, have at it.
However, after teaching yoga classes, I’ve noticed that many people simply do not feel comfortable in this pose, particularly if you are in a restorative version where you hold the pose anywhere from 2-5 minutes. Whether it be daily life habits that keep our quads and hips tight or for those of us with knee replacements or injuries, a modification is helpful. In fact, this version feels downright good even if you don’tneed the modification.
The pose below allows you the benefits of Child’s Pose (e.g., back elongation and lengthening, space between the shoulder blades, softening around the shoulders, a quieting energetic effect) while taking some of the heat off the knees and the hips.