When I was completing my 200hr training, during a particularly grueling vinyasa class full of warrior postures, we came down into Child’s Pose and someone jokingly called it Warrior 4.
We all laughed, loving the idea of Child’s Pose being the 4th warrior, but the more I practice, the more I have come to regard this humble pose as a true warrior posture.
The Active Warriors
Warriors 1, 2, and 3 are active postures. If you’ve read any of the myths around these asanas, then you know that the stories behind them are ones of battle and ferocity.
There’s something empowering about those poses. You really feel like a warrior – a warrior staking your claim or celebrating a triumph, as in Warrior 1; a warrior taking aim, preparing for battle, as in Warrior 2; a warrior taking charge and plunging into a righteous fight, as in Warrior 3.
The Wise Warrior
Child’s pose is the wise warrior. The warrior that knows when it’s given enough energy and strength, and it needs a break. The warrior that goes inside and checks in with the body, the breath, and the mind. The warrior that rejuvenates us so we can take on whatever is to come.
I used to look down on Child’s Pose – I’m not proud of this, but it’s true. When given the choice to stay in downward facing dog or take Child’s Pose, I would think to myself, ‘I’m strong enough to stay in down dog; I’ll stay here!’ – even if my limbs were crying out, ‘Natalie, you bitch, drop the knees!’ This is not strength. This is stupidity.
There’s a fine line between playing with your edge and encouraging your body to stay in a pose for a breath longer than you really want to, and hearing your body when it says, ‘enough.’ The warrior within Child’s Pose recognizes this line and respects it.
Shift Your Perspective
For these reasons, I have come to think of Child’s Pose as the hidden warrior – Warrior 4. I invite you to approach Child’s Pose with this perspective in your next practice and see how it does or does not change the pose for you.
If you do give this a try, please share your experience in the comments below! Have a great week!