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Season 4 - Episode 7

Balasana (Child's Pose)

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Rosemary, with the help of Lori, explores Balasana (Child's Pose) hands-on adjustments to help deepen the experience of the posture.
What You'll Need: Partner, Mat

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Mar 16, 2019
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We are moving into child's pose, one of my all-time favorites. Before we move into it, Lori, I just want to say that if I know a student has knee issues or low back issues, I don't adjust this. It's just too much pressure, okay? If not, it can be really, really delicious. Alright, so as you're ready, go ahead and fold forward. Alright, so I'm coming behind Lori's body, and I'm getting my nice deep squat. One hand is on her sacrum, and the other hand is right around the back of the heart. So with my hand on the sacrum, I'm rooting and grounding, and this hand right around the back of the heart can start around mid-back and then gently slide forward towards Lori's shoulders, which helps to deepen her into the fold but also helps to lengthen the spine, right? And similar to the down dog adjustment, if I see any part of the back that looks a little rounded or scrunchie, I might take fingers there and give an extra little massage and lengthening, yeah? And then keeping my hand on the sacrum, I'll release my hand from her upper back and transition one hand to kind of outer left, one hand to outer right, around kind of the upper glute muscles just to the edge of the sacrum, and then I'm pressing kind of back and down, and you can see my body is going down as well. That added movement and weight down helps to deepen it for Lori, okay? I'm easing out of it by lifting my own body a little, taking some weight out of my hands, and then I like to take one hand back to the sacrum to ground that as I transition, and then another hand to the back of the heart and just kind of sweep it off. Alright, thank you Lori. So again, if your student is really comfortable in the pose, healthy knees, happy low back, it can be a really sweet deepening adjustment. Thank you. Namaste.


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