Stress Relief Exercise

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Child Pose Variation

Child Pose Variation Purpose

Gently stretches the hips, thighs, and ankles. Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and fatigue. Relieves back and neck pain. This pose must be done with caution, if there is any previous injury to the neck or shoulders do not atttempt this pose.

Child Pose Without Variation instructions

The child pose without the variation is done by kneeling on the floor. Now touch your big toes together and sit on your heels, then separate your knees about as wide as your hips. Inhale then Exhale and lay your torso down between your thighs. Broaden your sacrum across the back of your pelvis and narrow your hip points toward the navel, so that they nestle down onto the inner thighs. Lengthen your tailbone away from the back of the pelvis while you lift the base of your skull away from the back of your neck. Lay your hands on the floor alongside your torso, palms up, and release the fronts of your shoulders toward the floor. Feel how the weight of the front shoulders pulls the shoulder blades wide across your back. The Child Pose is a resting pose. Stay anywhere from 30 seconds to a few minutes in pose. To come up, first lengthen the front torso, and then with an inhalation lift from the tailbone as you press it down and into the pelvis.

"Child Pose with the Variation Instruction"

This pose is done the same as the child pose only you clasp your hands behind your back and lay the arms on your back. Then INHALE and lift up your buttocks up off your legs, lean forward and place your forehead on the floor, now gently roll onto the crown of the head. Lift your arms up off your back keeping the hands clasped. To come out of the pose, you Inhale then Exhale and let the arms return gently onto the back. Lay your torso back on to your thighs, the base of the skull is still tilted away from the neck. You should feel a release in the shoulder muscles. Place the arms gently back onto the back unclasp the hands and let them lay by your side, palms up, broaden the shoulders and rest.

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