Shashankasana - Child’s Pose
This rest or relaxation pose is usually used before and after inversions and seated asanas.
When to do
- before and after inversions
- in between seated asanas
- after extensive backbends
- in between hand balances
Contra-indications & cautions
If you suffer from hypertension you are advised to avoid Child’s Pose. In between seated asanas and after backbending you can do a seated variation of Child’s Pose, where you sit on your buttocks and hug your knees to the chest, feet resting on the floor. Allow your spine to round and rest your forehead on the top of your knees. If you have very low blood pressure you can do Child’s Pose, but make sure to come up slowly to avoid becoming dizzy.
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