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Proper Yoga Technique: Child’s Pose

Child’s Pose is a resting yoga pose that helps to reduce stress and fatigue.  The pose is beneficial for those who have desk jobs or sit most of the day as it helps undo tightness in the hips and can ease low back pain.

Runners, soccer players and other athletes can use this pose to help avoid shin splits and keep ankles flexible.

The pose gently stretches the hips, thighs and ankles. It relaxes the muscles on the front of the body while passively stretching the muscles on the back of the torso.

Below are tips from physical therapist Lois Maple how to perform this pose.  

  1. Start in table top position (on hands and knees)
  2. Spread your knees wide apart while keeping your big toes touching
  3. Rest your buttocks on your heels
  4. Reach your arms forward resting on the floor
  5. Breathe in and out relaxing into the pose
  6. Hold for 30 seconds or as long as comfortable

Lois Maple is a Physical Therapist with OrthoCarolina Winston and regularly practices yoga.

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