The Calming Effects Of Childs Pose
The perfect way to relax your mind, stretch out the body and prepare for deep sleep after a long day at the office.
Last night at La Casa Del Yoga, our beautiful boutique yoga studio in the seaside town of Las Arenas, it was jam packed full of people from all different walks of life arriving after a long day to unwind and de-stress. One of the greatest challenges you face as a Yoga Teacher is to ensure that you centre all your students at the beginning of class, creating a calm and focused atmosphere in order to give a safe and nourishing practice. A perfect way to do this is in Childs pose, Balasana.
As the head gently falls to the earth, resting the frontal brain on the mat and the eyes shut, the breath deepens, the nervous system relaxes and the heartbeat slows. Big toes touch as the knees open wide helping to stretch out the hips, legs and lower back. Everything about this pose is restful, you are physically surrendering to the day and grounding yourself.
And you don’t just have to be in a yoga class to melt into Childs pose.
I love to do this by the side of my bed each night before sleep, breathing deeply and allowing the day to melt away and my mind to relax, I find this is an amazing way to prepare my body for a good night’s sleep.
If you are finding it difficult to switch off at night and have various worries and anxieties on the mind try this gentle exercises before bed for around 5-8 minutes breathing in for a count of 3 and exhaling for a count of 6. The posture and long exhalation will magically ignite your parasympathetic nervous system inviting blissful slumber into your mind, body and soul.
You don’t have to suffer from sleeping problems in silence, they are so common and there are many natural ways to tackle them. Please feel free to email me at any time with any further questions.