Closed Child's Pose
- Come onto your hands and knees.
- Slide your big toes to touch and let your knees part wide.
- Sink your hips back toward your heels.
- Round your shoulders and let your hands reach between your legs and under your body, so the backs of your hands rest next to or near your feet. If that's not comfortable, reach your arms forward as in a traditional Child's Pose, as pictured.
- Hold for three to five minutes. If your knees or ankles are uncomfortable, place a blanket under them.
While holding this Child's Pose, Heeran recommended taking a full-body scan. Notice every part of your body that's touching the floor, and feel those areas get heavy. "With each inhale, try silently saying a short mantra that resonates with you," she suggested. "I like inhaling with, 'I am' and exhaling with 'being held.' You could also say, 'I am' and 'OK' or whatever else soothes you."