butterfly fold


Find a comfortable space on the floor. Sit 3-4 feet across from your child. Bring the soles of your feet together, and slide them in toward your body, as closely as you can comfortably. Wrap your palms around your feet. Straighten your spine. Bring your shoulders down, away from your ears. On the inhale, stretch your body up. On the exhale, fold down toward the ground, keeping your spine straight. Your goal should be to bring your forehead to the floor, but this isn't necessary. Go as far as you can, comfortably. Hold the pose for five deep inhales and exhales. On your inhales, lengthen your spine. On the exhales, try to bring your forehead closer to the floor. Remember always to keep your spine straight, and don't overdo it!

This pose is great for opening the hips and lengthening the spine. Imagine with your child what it might be like to be a butterfly at rest. 

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