Child’s Pose: Check In With Yourself

Curled up into a ball, you can look inward and come home to yourself. Feel what you feel and know what’s good for you. That’s the reassuring effect of the Child’s Pose. 

When I first started practicing yoga, I didn’t like Child’s Pose. It frustrated me. As a mother of three children and business owner, finding the time to attend a yoga class felt like an impossible task. The last thing I wanted during my precious moments on mat was to curl up like a ball. I made the the time every morning after dropping the kids off at school, I downloaded the app, and I just wanted to stretch and strengthen. 

After a long break from teaching dance and being a dancer myself, I decided to turn to the mat and eventually fell in love with child’s pose. I choose Child’s Pose whenever it’s an option, based on the calling of my body, mind, and spirit – in class and at home too. The Child’s Pose inspires me to appreciate my body and its abilities. I can always come back to it, it’s always there for me. It gives me a moment to check in with myself. I ask myself: “What’s going on? Why am I distracted or discouraged or apathetic?” Child’s Pose invites me to answer these questions. 

What Is It Good For?

  • It stretches your spine
  • It lowers your stress levels, physically as well as mentally. Your ankles, knees, thighs and lower back are stretched. Your back, neck and should relax
  • It stimulates the meridians of your kidneys and bladder. The pose is often done in both yang yoga (active) and yin yoga (passive)
  • It stimulates your bowels, relieving tummy aches or a bloated feeling

Child’s Pose: Check In With Yourself

Third Eye

When your forehead touches the mat and you close your eyes, your so-called third eye is opened. You look inward. It’s like a signal to your brain that says that it’s okay to relax, it’s okay to be vulnerable. You can come home now. 

With the Child’s Pose, you feel that whatever is there has a right to be there. While you live, walk, and work, a lot of energy goes to your head. When you bend your head and move your upper body down to the mat, you’re allowing the energy to shift to your heart. You can let everything be for the moment and feel absorbed in the whole. I always feel that the second my forehead touches the mat, I make contact with Mother Earth, and I visualize what that looks like. 

Child’s Pose: Check In With Yourself

Palms Up 

The Child’s Pose can be done in several ways. For example, you can keep your thighs together, your rib cage will pull in slightly, and his will automatically cause you to breathe with your belly. Belly breathing, and the slight pressure of your knees on your belly will stimulate your bowels. Sometimes your belly starts to gurgle. It can be a nice pose if you have a tummy ache or a bloated feeling. With your thighs together, the Child’s Pose means you’re stretching your lower back. It can bring relief to people who spend a lot of time at their desks, because chances are, your lower back takes the brunt of the pressure. 

Pregnant bellies can get a little space if you do the Child’s Pose with your knees apart. This opens your hips. Let your tummy hang down ,and it will stimulate your hip joints. Again, this can bring relief if you spend a long time sitting. Put your arms forward on the floor for a little extra stretch for your underarms and shoulders. If you’re looking for relaxation, it’s better to keep your arms alongside your body, palms up. 


Why is it actually called the Child’s Pose? Opinions vary on that point. The Sanskrit word for this pose is balasana, with bala meaning child. But it’s not that simple. Some yoga instructors link it to the fetal position, others think it’s a pose that young children adopt happily and with ease. I like to think of the Child’s Pose like this: The Child’s Pose appeals to the child in us. Children live with abandon, with an open and receptive attitude. They protect themselves by turning inward and being carried. To them that’s a safe, familiar feeling, the way the fetus feels in the womb. The child pose renews you. 

Child’s Pose is a link to the ultimate feeling of security you have as a child. You can let everything go. Pent-up emotions often come to the surface in this pose. Suddenly you feel sad, or grateful. Sometimes you suddenly remember something you were trying to forget. It helps you recuperate. 

Child’s Pose: Check In With Yourself

If you’re a beginner, or if you just need a little break when things get too heavy, choose Child’s Pose. Listen to your body, and find your inner child. 

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