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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Modified Child's Pose for Chronic Pain and Trauma

Adho Mukha Virasana - Child’s Pose 

Child's Pose helps to stretch the hips, thighs, and ankles while reducing stress and fatigue. It gently relaxes the muscles on the front of the body while softly and passively stretching the muscles of the back torso.

Child's pose is normally done on the floor on your knees.  However, if you have had trauma, or are a chronic pain patient you won't be able to do a traditional child's pose. 

This is how my yoga instructor put me in the pose because otherwise, I wouldn't physically be able to. Trying a do a traditional child's pose (which I probably could have forced my body into) would have caused pain.

To set up grab two chairs.  You want your legs at a 90 angle so add towels until your seat is high enough.  On the other chair layer pillows and towels up to support your chest.

Press your toes forward, release the back and pelvis skin toward the chair. Support the upper body and relax for 1-5 minutes. Start with 1 and over a month work to 5.

Then work towards the floor. Took me a year. 

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