Child’s Pose: Yoga Unchained Facilitation Series

Child’s Pose: Yoga Unchained Facilitation Series


Hi I’m Jessica Sowers, owner of BodyBLISS Connection I’m Jamie Marich I’m a clinical trauma specialist Expressive arts therapist author and co-founder of Yoga Unchained. I am also the co-founder of Yoga Unchained Child’s Pose So while I’m Jamie come on to her mats into tabletop posture So We’ll find that long spine and take a few nice deep breaths here to settle On her next exhale. She’ll draw the hips back towards the heels Sink the belly the chest and the forehead down towards the mat And let the body surrender taking a few deep breaths here On her next inhale she’ll come back up to tabletop and Before we go any further I’m gonna have her show a variation of child’s posture that is one of our favorite ones And it is wide-leg child’s posture, so she’ll step the knees to the outer edges of the mats press the hips back towards the heels chest belly forehead melt towards the mat Allowing the arms to stretch up as far as she can or to soften at the elbows and just let them rest to nice deep inhales I think if I give her any more time she’s gonna fall asleep And then into a seated posture Jessica and I do share that joke that that is opposed I literally could fall asleep in so It’s one of my favorites yet as we will discuss here, it’s it’s not everybody’s cup of tea so to speak How does Child’s Pose … I hate that posture! Curious to know this is important for people listening to us to know that certain poses that others just adore People even have similar body types may not like so what’s your experience for Child’s Pose I feel claustrophobic in that posture Massively, I it’s not even about any stretching or activity in the body. It’s that it is so claustrophobic to me not only Even if I do wide leg not only do I have the pressure in the abdomen on? But the head down to the ground where my breath is warm because it’s bouncing off the floor Makes me feel really confined, and I have a hue it’s very challenging to me. I’d strongly dislike this posture Do you find this helps you at all No? I do to show this model. Yeah, that’s cool Is it may help solve it may help some it does not help me But it is a beautiful thing on a couple different levels So Jamie puts her fists and stacks them on top of each other in places the center of her forehead on her top fist This is a really could be beneficial for individuals for a couple of reasons One is that it’s putting pressure right at the center of the forehead? And there’s actually a pressure point in there that can help to relieve anxiety and stress, so this is a fantastic modification I’m gonna sue you. She’s gonna snort assisting people use a pillow or a cushion or a block yeah On the forehead like that yes I know you do have more visibility with that so if you struggle with claustrophobia that could potentially be a Modification on this so let’s talk about some other modifications for people who just don’t want to go there Let’s use the bolster because we know that you don’t always have bolsters available to you in your settings But if you should have a bolster available There are a couple different ways that you can utilize a bolster so one of the ways to Utilize the bolster is to place it on the backs of the legs For somebody who is very tight in the legs and pressing the hips back can be very challenging so you can place that bolster on top of the legs and Then kind of let the hips connect with that so that the hips are down, so low yeah So that’s one way, and then the other way to utilize the bolster Is to allow to come in front of the body? and slide that bolster deep down into the inner legs there where the knees can touch it and just surrender over that bolster creating a little extra space for breath I Do find what helps me in this posture if I have a really large? Bolster where it keeps my head several inches off of the ground And I can look up and around that tends to help me a little bit enjoy this posture a little more And I find that folks who do tend to be a little top-heavy for whatever reason this may give you a little extra support in that type of pose so other Modifications, I know you do like a seated one where you get some of the benefit You can sit into this posture and just have the knees bent even have the wide leg Theory going on here and just surrender down over top of those. I don’t love this one either, but it’s so much better for me without feeling quite so claustrophobic In that posture, and I think just for the sake of talking about options I really can’t demo this one because of my body type. I know I did the wide legged one I did kind of a moderate one, but I have seen students put their legs even closer together and have brought the arms back Yeah So kind of wrapping the arms around the body which is challenging for me as well on But just kind of letting the forehead rest onto the mat, and then wrapping the arms around mm-hmm Another option that you can take is to actually pull the elbows in And bring the hands together or stacked on top and just let those Elbows rest inward now one of the benefits of that is if there’s a shoulder injury instead of extending those arms out So what I think is really nice about what weird offered here? Is there’s options and to me That’s one of the hallmarks of what makes yoga trauma-focused strong informed is It’s not just this is the way you do the pose, but there are many different options that you can take Before you decide it’s not for you, so thank you for joining us for Child’s Pose. Thank you