There are numerous studies and proven research that shows how yoga can help with different aspects of your body. From improving your internal organ health to even flattening your belly–yoga has been shown to work.
But the problem with many is where do you start? To some, a lot of the yoga poses feature you twisting and turning your body in all different directions and that could be intimidating.
Well, have no fear. We have found the yoga pose that could be right for you. In fact, it’s the one pose that yogis agree on that should be done every morning. It’s called the Cat-Cow pose.
The name comes from the word, Bidalasana, is from the Sanskrit बिडाल, biḍāl, meaning “cat”, and “āsana” meaning “posture” or “seat”.
Cat-Cow has been known to improve posture and balance — ideal for those with back pain. The benefits of this synchronized breath movement will:
– massage and stimulate organs in the belly, like the kidneys and adrenal glands.
– stretch the hips, abdomen, and back to prevent injury.
– help you relax and ease some of the day’s stress.
1. Begin on your hands and knees.
2. On the exhale, round your spine up towards the ceiling, and imagine you’re pulling your belly button up towards your spine, really engaging your abs. Tuck your chin towards your chest, and let your neck release. This is your cat-like shape.
3. On your inhale, arch your back, let your belly relax and go loose. Lift your head and tailbone up towards the sky — without putting any unnecessary pressure on your neck. This is the Cow portion of the pose.
4. Continue to move between Cat and Cow pose, letting your body move with your breath.
5. Start with 30 seconds at a time and work your way up to 2 to 3 minutes — whatever you feel you need.
Common Cat-Cow Mistakes
Straining Your Neck
When you lift your gaze to the ceiling, do so with control and don’t overextend your neck. When you go into Cat, let your head drop naturally rather than forcing it down. Also, be sure to keep your shoulders relaxed and not drawn up toward your ears.
Not being present
This is a simple pose but you’ve got to be “all there” mentally. Focus on your breathing and being in the moment to release any tension or worry from your day. Clear your mind and you’ll see even better results.
Try Cat- Cow Stretch in a Chair
If you have trouble coming to your hands and knees or if you want to sneak in a few stretches at work, you can