Yoga Practice of the Week
Cat pose provides a gentle massage to the spine and belly organs. This pose is also know to strengthen the arms, wrists, and shoulders as well as to relieve tension in the thoracic, cervical, and lumbar spine; warming up the back for practice. Along with strengthening and toning the abdominal muscles, cat pose is also known for increasing spinal flexibility.
Start on your hands and knees in a "tabletop" position. Make sure your knees are set directly below your hips and your wrists, elbows and shoulders are in line and perpendicular to the floor. Center your head in a neutral position, eyes looking at the floor.
As you exhale, round your spine toward the ceiling, making sure to keep your shoulders and knees in position. Release your head toward the floor, but don't force your chin to your chest.
Inhale, coming back to neutral "tabletop" position on your hands and knees.
This pose is often paired with Cow Pose on the inhale for a gentle, flowing vinyasa.
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