What one pose can I do if I’m feeling frazzled?

Silohette of person in child's pose
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Feeling stressed, over-worked and with too much going on at home, can lead you to feeling completely worn out or frazzled. This is particularly the case in the frenetic run up to THAT holiday period when there’s too much to do, illness, coldness and darkness, and too little time, all at a time when we should be slowing down and conserving energy.

If you’re in need of a five minute (or even one minute) rescue remedy and are looking for one pose to do, you can’t go wrong with child’s pose (repose of the child/balasana). Resting the head down on something is particularly restorative, and all you have to do in this posture is breathe. It might not be a flashy yoga selfie pose, but that’s all for the good in many ways.

Here are two short videos which describe and show it: My Yoga Online and Yoga Journal. If you want to read more about it the Yoga Journal instructions are detailed.

There are plenty of modifications to suit all types. If you want more space for your upper body and chest move the knees apart and keep the toes touching if possible.

If your head doesn’t comfortably reach the floor rest it on a yoga block or two, or some hard books wrapped in a towel. If coming down to the floor is too far, kneel in front of a chair seat and place one hand on top of the other on the edge of the chair seat and then rest your head on the back of your hands.

If you’re fully down, you can have your arms stretched forwards in front of you on the floor, or lying along side your folded legs. If you have a tendency to have a curved upper back, having the arms in front and moving the knees wide will provide a better shape for your spine (see p.111 in Peter Blackaby’s Intelligent Yoga book).

Stay in child’s pose for anything from 5 breaths to 5 minutes, depending on how long you need. Notice the breathing change, notice where your mind is going. Don’t worry about what they’re doing, just observe. It’s a quietening, restorative pose, so take your time coming up, and don’t rush to your next task, take it more slowly and consciously.

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