If you aren’t familiar with yoga “lingo” then you might not know what “child’s pose” means. It still sounds nice though, doesn’t it?
When you are feeling overwhelmed, strained or like you just can’t move into one more balance pose during your yoga practice, child’s pose is the go-to pose that allows you to take a moment to regroup. The teacher always tells you to take child’s pose so you can regain your strength and focus and continue on with the rest of the practice. It’s kind of a little break where you put your head down on the mat and just breath for a bit. It reminds me of being a little kid and putting my head down on the desk at school for a little nap. I guess that’s why it’s called “child’s pose”.
Whether you practice yoga or not, everyone needs to take child’s pose once in a while. Busy days and crazy schedules can leave us feeling overwhelmed and stressed and like we are running in circles and never really accomplishing anything. That’s when we need to relax, breathe, regroup and refocus. You know, take a little child’s pose.
Of course, getting down on your hands and knees and putting your forehead on the floor isn’t necessarily practical in the grocery store or at work but I am using it metaphorically.
Your “child’s pose” could simply be closing your office door and sitting quietly for a few minutes. It could be a five-minute “cat nap” or going to that yoga class after work. It’s simply self-care.
During yoga practice, as in life, sometimes you can feel the need for the child’s pose coming but sometimes the overwhelm just hits you and you have to drop to your knees. By creating just a small but consistent self-care practice, you can keep yourself healthy and functioning even when life comes at you faster than you think you can handle it.
Do you have a “child’s pose” that you can take when you start to feel overwhelmed? Do you already have a consistent self-care practice in place?
Share your self-care tips in the comment section. I’d love to hear what you are doing.
In next week’s blog, I’ll share a few of my favorite”child’s poses”.
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Sara Marchessault says
My child’s pose include me, a journal, a nice purple pen, and maybe some chocolate or coffee 🙂 And of course, regular old child’s pose works well too!
Cathy Colangelo says
Thanks Sara! I love the journal and a nice warm drink, especially as it gets darker and chillier.