Child’s pose gently stretches the hips, thighs, back, arms, shoulders and neck, and helps to decrease stress, anxiety and fatigue. Many find it a helpful counter-pose to backward-bending poses. If the practitioner’s forehead does not reach the floor or if neck/back pain is present, a block or blanket can be used to support the head.
Deliberate breathing can amplify the benefits of the pose. Inhaling helps to lengthen the spine and widen the back, while exhaling allows the torso to lean more deeply into the fold.