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SUP Yin Yoga Challenge: Pose 7 – Childs

SUP Yin Yoga Challenge: Pose 7 – Childs

Remember that struggle mentally sometimes, that I mentioned in pose 1? And the back pain? And that you´re not the only one? Sleeping Swan pose can be a game changer, I said. And that hasn’t change. But adding Child´s pose to the equation can have tremendous effects, by silencing mental chatter, calm our nervous system and ease the pain in our bodies.

Child´s Pose

Next out in the #supyinyogachallenge is Child´s pose. A yoga pose used in all forms and styles of yoga, in between poses and transitions or as a pose in itself. A resting pose where our nervous system goes into rest mode.

This posture gently stretches the spine so it is a natural counter to backbends. It also inclines the head so the heart can rest instead of trying to force blood upward to the brain. It you are feeling cold or vulnerable after practicing postures then Child´s Pose helps.

From my teacher, Paul Grilley

Target area

Physical target area: stretch the hips, thighs, and ankles. Reduce stress and fatigue. Gently stretches the muscles of your back, and relaxes the muscles on the front of your body.

Mental target area: scan your body for tension and try soften around spots that feel tense. Relax your body so your mind can follow. Trust your breath and soften into the pose. Allow your thoughts to arise and try letting them flow away with the water. Over and over again. Close your eyes and empty your mind.

How to get into Child´s Pose

Start with kneeling with buttocks on heals, while you fold forward and rest your head on your board/mat. Your arms can rest where it feels comfortable, either beside you or in front of you.

Rest in Child´s pose one to five minutes.

Now go hit the water or mat, and don´t forget to post a picture on Instagram with:

1. @supyogapro
2. #supyinyogachallenge
3. Tag a friend you think would enjoy the challenge
4. Feel free to share some words about your experience!

Let this be an experimental journey through observation and practice. Take responsibility for your own experience. Ask for input and advice, but commit to do the work yourself – getting to know your body and mind. That´s where healing and improvement happens.

Sofie Ringsten

Sofie Ringsten

Sofie is SUP yoga pioneer in Sweden and the founder of SUP Yoga Pro. She is a passionate stand up paddle surfer, ocean devotee and teachers trainer. She is an ambassador for Roxy and Klean Kanteen, and Black Cat Boards team rider. She offers SUP yoga teacher trainings worldwide, and shares her knowledge about SUP in general through SUP Yoga Pro.