day 2: Child's pose
Welcome to the second day of Fit Balanced Mama's 12 days of yoga! I'm counting down the days until Christmas by sharing my favorite relaxing yoga poses.
Remember, always work in a pain free range and be mindful of any injuries or limitations you may have. All poses can be modified so don't hesitate to ask in the comments if you need hints on making the poses work for you!
Begin on your hands and knees. Bring the knees wide apart while keeping your big toes touching. Rest your bottom on your heels. If you have tight hips you can keep your knees and thighs together.
Sit up straight and lengthen your spine. On an exhalation, bow forward, allowing your torso to rest between your thighs (or on thighs for closed knee variation). Allow your forehead to come to the floor or rest on a block, bolster or folded blanket/towel.
Keep your arms long and extended, palms facing down. Press back slightly with your hands to keep your bottom in contact with your heels. Lengthen through your fingertips.
For deeper relaxation, bring your arms back to rest alongside your thighs with your palms facing up. Completely relax your elbows.
Hold for up to a minute or longer, breathing in and out through the nose with the eyes closed.
To release the pose, gently use your hands to walk your torso upright to sit back on your heels.
Child's pose stretches and strengthens the hips, thighs and ankles.
It may help to relieve stress and fatigue, increase circulation and reduce back pain.
Hi! I'm Erica, a fitness and healthy food loving wife and mother of three here to inspire you on your wellness journey!