Butterfly Pose opens the hips and balances our crown chakra. Its element is air which helps to remind us of those things we cannot see but know are there.
Anatomy of the Pose: Come to seated, bending at the knees and bringing the soles of the feet together. Pull the heels in towards the body and begin to fold forward slightly to grab the big toes with the index and middle fingers. Stay here or fold deeper into the stretch letting the elbows push back onto the thighs. It’s important to keep a straight, lengthened torso when folding forward, try not to round the back. Once settled in the pose ask the kids to bring the knees up and down like flapping butterfly wings.
Chakras Affected: In butterfly pose we trigger the seventh chakra, Sahasrara. This is also known as our crown chakra. It connects us with the divine opening our awareness to the spiritual aspects of our lives.
Benefits for Children: Butterfly pose is a great hip opener, which is vital to most physical activity. We do very little movements throughout the day that open the hips allowing more flexibility and blood flow. Children and adults who practice this pose regularly will notice that it is easier to get in and out of the asanas and hold them for a longer period of time.