A great source for Yoga Postures by Mark Giubarelli.
Translation: Child Pose
From the Cat Flow allow the tailbone to gently move back and down onto the heels. Sit on a block or a blanket if the knees offer resistance or are injured and feel uncomfortable.
Known as the Child Pose . This is a good yoga position to relax in during fatigue. The knees increase in flexibility and blood flows into the mind.
Tips Open the knees a little to provide more room for breathing.
This pose stretches the knees and the lower back. It is a very good pose to do to get blood to the brain and is recommended if you have dizziness or extreme fatigue. You may want to open the knees a little more if you suffer from over acidity. This will create more room around the belly. It also allows deeper breathing.
Muscles tendons and ligaments in the knee are stretched. These are the patellar ligament, the articularis genu, the head of the popliteus, the tendon of the quadriceps femoris, the ends of the vastus medialis and the medial retinacular ligament, vastus lateralis and the lateral retinacular ligament. Further up the gluteus maximus, gluteus minimus and upper hamstrings are stretched. See examples of Child pose used in a printable home yoga flow.
See examples of other yoga sequences that involve Child pose.
This pose is part of a Yoga for Back Pain sequence.
Vinyasa Yoga postures to transition from and to:
Cat Flow Virasana Adho Mukha Svanasana Eka Pada Adho Muka Svanasana Janu Sirsasana II Krounchasana Parivrrta Janu Sirsasana IV Upavistha Parivrttasana Salamba Kapotasana . Kapotasana Ardha Kapotasana Adho Muka Kapotasana Adho Mukha Dandasana Chaturanga Dandasana Astangasana Bakasana Pincha Mayurasana Sraddha Vrischikasana Bhuja Vrischikasana Bhujangasana, Ardha Bhujangasana Supta Virasana Salabhasana
Yoga Teacher Tips
Knee injuries are very common. Always ease your students into this pose to protect them.
“Give students the option of resting in child pose if you are holding them in downward dog for a long time.”