‘Relax and regenerate with your child, balancing Vata in Child’s Pose.”
With your child/children starting back to school comes an entry into the fall season that brings windy, cool days that can be un-grounding to the Vata dosha (kids-type) or the other doshas. Vata is the lead dosha and can push Pitta and Kapha and lead to imbalance. Fall or Vata season, can bring imbalance to children of all body types and most children are a mix of two body types (doshas).
Yoga is one way to bring your child back to balance. There are poses that are good for Vata children, for Pitta children and also for Kapha poses. Each body type has individual needs and benefits by doing specific Vata reducing poses to stay in balance, mixed with other poses. In Ayurveda, postures are seen as energy that one can draw upon to help balance the dosha or body type. There are two elements that vary for each type of dosha and the duration, rhythm, type of movement varies according to the dosha.
A Vata reducing pose will give your child warmth, grounding, focus and stability. Having the gaze downward also brings one closer to the Earth than the Sky. So Vata children also benefit to walk slowly, to do any pose slowly and steadily. Walking barefoot in the park is the most grounding thing that they can do.
It is important to keep the child’s energy steady and filled with enthusiasm and to keep the body relaxed and centered. So doing the postures slowly and gently is opposite to the Vata nature of movement, quick at times. The breath plays a role as well. It is important to keep the breath deep, steady and calm in the moment.
So for the Vata child, the pose of this month is ‘Child’s Pose.’ This pose will calm your child’s mind and relieve stress and allows deep breathing and rest. It also stretches the muscles in the lower back, hips and legs. It is a great pose for children to reboot after a busy day of school and helps manage any tantrums or angry outbursts.
Your Vata child will love to do this pose beside you, a special time together relaxing. You can pretend to be a mouse, rabbit, ladybug, turtle, rock or pumpkin. The possibilities are endless.
How to do this pose
Sit on your heals and bring your forehead to the ground and arms by your side or stretched out in front of you and palms flat on the ground. Relax in this position breathing in and out deeply. You will feel your body rising and falling with each breath. Continue for 3-5 minutes.
Modifications for you and you children
- If you have any lower back tension, simply widen your knees, keeping your big toes together, and bring your chest between your thighs.
- If your forehead doesn’t reach the floor, place a cushion or block under your head or make fists with your hands (on top of each other) and rest your head on your fists.
And remember a Vata reducing pose will give your child warmth, grounding, focus and stability. Having the gaze downward also brings one closer to the Earth than the Sky. And Vata children also benefit to walk slowly, to do any pose slowly and steadily. Walking barefoot in the park is the most grounding thing that they can do!