Child’s Pose for Round Bellies offers alternative modifications to help make child’s pose more comfortable for yoga students with larger bellies or limited mobility.
Typically, child’s pose helps reduce stress and promote relaxation. This iconic yoga pose also stretches the hips and thighs, as well as the low back, mid-back, and glute muscles.
You might recognize child’s pose as a gentle modification or resting pose in many public yoga classes. But, when practiced with the knees together, this pose can be uncomfortable for those of us with larger bellies or limited mobility in the knees.
Often times, yoga teachers suggest taking your knees wider in child’s pose in order to make more room for bellies and thighs. This modification maintains all the benefits of the pose while providing more space for your body.
Still looking for more child’s pose modifications?
The following 5-minute Child’s Pose for Round Bellies tutorial provides new alternatives to child’s pose that allow you to work with your knees closer together. But remember: yoga is not about stuffing your body into uncomfortable shapes! Your yoga practice should be a part of your self-love and self-care routine.
Be gentle and mindful with your body, and remember to show yourself respect and gratitude both on and off the mat.
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