HAPPY BABY //
I love this pose and I love to end my classes with this - it really opens up the hips without much effort. But for those of you with really tight hips, this pose can feel like torture even if it may look easy. Here’s how to get into the pose, as well as some tips::
GET INTO THE POSE
1. Lie on your back and bring your knees to your chest.
2. Grab the outsides of your feet, big toes or ankles (depending on flexibility and what feels best for you), and bring your elbows inside the knees.
3. Open up your knees wider than your torso, then pull them in the direction of your armpits. Keep your feet flexed, with the soles facing upwards.
4. Try your best to keep your ankles directly above your knees and your tailbone and neck flat against the ground. If you find that the chin starts to lift and the back of the neck compresses, it could mean that the flexibility isn’t there yet and your hand position isn’t working for you. (See below for modifications)
FOR TIGHT HIPS
For those with really tight hips, trying to grab onto the outer edges of the feet can be tough. What would happen is the top of the head will roll down towards the floor, and the back of the neck will lift off, causing a lot of tension in the neck. I suggest grabbing the ankles instead, keeping the back of the head and neck flat on the ground. If grabbing the ankles is still too difficult for you, loop a strap around the middle arches of both your feet and use it to pull your feet downwards, aiming knee to armpits.
FOR OPEN HIPS
Those of you who are very comfortable in Happy Baby and want to go deeper, untuck your tailbone slightly, rolling it down towards the floor. Imagine you want to get the entire spine – from tailbone to neck – plastered onto the floor. You could also bring the knees a little wider, aiming to bring them down to the floor outside your ribcage.
Comment to let me know what other poses you'd like to see a Right/Wrong post on! Happy Monday x