As if there could be yet another level of feeling wonderful, drag out a yoga bolster today and put yourself into supported extended child’s pose.
Everybody loves child’s pose:
- Your brain waves move into alpha, where your mind quiets and you actually relax.
- You lengthen your spine, so your back relaxes.
- You close off the outside world, so you go deeper into your inner experience.
- You push the pause button and finally get to stop and process.
- You let go of stress in mind, body and spirit.
Even though child’s pose is already wonderful enough as it is, believe it or not, there is yet another, deeper more delicious level of wonderful when you practice with a yoga bolster and allow yourself to melt into the position for an extended period of time. Bliss!
Supported extended child’s pose is the third pose in my series of restorative yoga with a bolster.
Even if you don’t want to practice the entire series, you can gain tremendous benefits of practicing this pose by itself.
Here’s how you do this:
- Lay a yoga bolster on a yoga mat or plush carpet.
- Kneel in front of the bolster.
- Bring your buttocks to your heels.
- Extend your arms straight out in front of you on the bolster.
- Rest your forehead on the bolster so that your brain can relax.
- Breathe deeply and allow your whole body-mind to move into a meditative state.
When we are awake and active, our brain produces primarily beta brain waves.
Placing your forehead on the bolster allows your brain waves to slow down. When we move into alpha, magical things happen.
Scientific research shows just moving into alpha allows your body to release pain.
The largest muscles in your back are your latissimus dorsi muscles. Our lats tighten when we schlump over our computers, over our steering wheels and when we sit with lack of awareness.
Child’s pose is a gentle way to improve your posture without tremendous effort.
Let yourself go in this pose and see how much better your back feels when you are done!
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