Yoga: Angle child's pose
Come into a kneeling position sitting on the heels. Inhale and lengthen the spine exhale and slowly lower the chest down towards the thighs and extend the arms straight ahead. Rest the head, the arms and the hips down towards the floor. Keep the arms straight and relax the face. If you can't reach your sitting bones towards the heels, place a pillow in between the sitting bones and the heels. If the head doesn't quite reach the floor, place a pillow between the forehead and the floor. Stay in this child's pose with the arms forward for 5 breaths. Now slowly walk the hands over to the right extending the left arm and fingers away bringing the body into a u-shape. Place more of the weight over to the left hip. Feel the stretch all along the left side of the body. Keep the hips working down towards the heels, the arms straight and relax the face. Stay here for 5 to 10 deep breaths. Repeat on the other side.
Centers and calms the mind. Enhances lung capacity. Improves the flexibility of the intercostal muscles/the muscles between the ribcage. Stretches the latissimus dorsi, erector spinae, quadratus lumborum and obliques. Loosens the hips, lower back, upper back and ankles. Helps to alleviate back pain. Improves posture. Stimulates and improves digestion.
Upper Body, Stretches, Yoga