Originally Posted by CoachBetsy
I often prescribe child's pose for triathletes with inflexible ankles. In this pose, you kneel on the floor with your sitz bones resting on your heels with the tops of your feet flat on the floor (stretching the ankle area). You can also stretch the insteps of your feet by modifying the pose so that you are balancing on your toes while resting on your sitz bones, rather than keeping the tops of your feet flat on the ground. It is easy to teach these poses to people who do not already do Yoga.
Ah, yeah, that's a good one. Do you have them sit upright or lower their heads to the floor? (The upright position could also be called seiza.)
I like lowering my head with my arms to the sides. That seems to release tension in my back.
I've seen child's pose used with the arms extended and head down to stretch the lets and such. Pointing the upper body to the left or right helps to stretch the sides more.
I've tried sitting with me feet to the sides of my legs. That's pretty intense for me. haha