Childs Pose (Dartihasana)
This asana replicates how we all began, in a fetal position – curled into oneself. This is a simple asana if we still have the flexibility of a child; but if not, it is a wonderful pose to begin to surrender into that flexibility.You will see a picture of the asana opposite with my arms outstretched, this is to encourage the shoulder opening that is possible here and also prepares you to enter into the more challenging asana, Downward Dog.
With the top of your feet lying flat on the ground, sit back toward your heels, arms outstretched, and release.You may also use this asana to completely relax. Use props such as a pillow under your belly and between your legs and a bolster or blocks under your head if it doesn’t quite reach the floor yet.
In addition if your ankles are stiff place a small towel under them. In this case you will want to passively rest your arms by your sides and totally LET GO.
Allow yourself to rest here and notice with each successive breath that you slip into yourself gently and ever so peacefully.