Three Step Yoga: How to do the Cat-Cow Pose

The Balanced Life

The Cat-Cow pose is a great morning stretch for your back, it opens up the whole spine and leaves you feeling wide-eyed and ready for the day ahead. In addition, it softly stimulates and strengthens the abdominal organs through the practice of careful breathing techniques.

First, find a quiet, calm space to lay your yoga mat. You’ll want to find a location with minimal distractions – perhaps a quiet corner of your bedroom or your favourite beach early morning.

Step 1: Come to all fours on your mat, planting your wrists directly under your shoulders and knees directly under your hips.

Step 2: Inhale, tilt your pelvis back so that your tailbone sticks up, this movement should transcend through your spine and eventually be felt along your neck. Drop your belly down but keep your abdominal muscles tight, pushing towards your spine. Remember to keep a long neck and gaze up to the ceiling so that you truly stretch and wake up your whole spine.

Step 3: Exhale. Tip your pelvis forward, tucking in your tailbone and rounding out your back. Drop your head and neck down, taking your gaze from the ceiling to your navel. And now let’s repeat.

Welcome, the balanced life.

 

March 28, 2018