Start on hands & knees in a child’s pose position – big toes touching, hips to heels and knees going as wide as you can.
Your choice is to fold forward from here (like a really wide child’s pose) or you can start to separate your feet so that they are going wide and stretching back behind your knees. Ideally we’re looking for our knees to now be going outward and to be in line with our hips and we want our feet in line with our knees behind us. You can then bring your elbows to a bolster or the floor, or if you have space you can bring your chest to a bolster or the floor.
To exit the pose make sure you move slowly. There’s really no one ‘right’ way to come out of this pose. You can lift up on your hands and then slowly bring your knees together, you can roll forward, or come out in any other way that suits your body.
Stretch the groins & inner hips & inner legs
Mild compression in lower back
Can assist digestion
Contraindications: Lower back issues. Knee issues.
Props: Blanket for under your knees. Bolster and/or block.
Variations: There is an option here to instead come in a Tadpole pose - very similar to child's pose, but we are looking to take our knees as wide as possible. If this is still not suitable (especially for knees) come to the wall and try the supported wall version.
Important: In your Yin Yoga practice it is extremely important to listen to your own body. Within some of these poses you may experience discomfort, but we are NOT looking for pain. If you have an injury, be sure not to push yourself. If you feel any pain or pinching, back off out of the pose or try something else.
Make sure you move in and out of these poses slowly and mindfully. Give your body time to understand the changes that are occurring and make sure you rest between poses so that your body can reset.
While each pose does list suggestions for props and the known contraindications, your body is unique. It is your responsibility to keep yourself safe in your yoga practice ❤