Cat cow pose is a gentle warm-up yoga pose that stretches your front torso and neck. Cat pose and cow pose are different but they are paired together.
These are 2 different and simple yoga poses. Cat pose and Cow pose are also known as Marjariasana and Bitilasana. When paired together, it becomes Cat-Cow pose.
It is one of the best yoga pose known to cure back pain and relieve stress from your mind.
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Benefits of Cat Cow Pose
Cat/Cow pose has many health benefits. Let’s know them all in brief. So the benefits of Cat/cow pose are:
- It makes your spine flexible
- Strengthens and stimulates your abdominal organs
- It also relieves your stress
- Opens up your chest for better respiration
- Helps in relieving Sciatica
- Makes your spine, neck, and shoulder flexible
- Relieves back pain
- Stimulates adrenal glands
- Stretches the muscles of your hips, abdomen, and back
- Cat/cow pose calms you
- Helps in balancing your body
- Relieves stress from menstrual cramps
Steps of Cat-Cow Pose
You should do all yoga poses step by step so you can practice them perfectly and effectively. So the steps of Cat/Cow pose are:
- Stand on your four limbs i.e. your hands and your knees.
- After making a tabletop position, make sure that your shins and knees are hip-width apart.
- Spread your fingers so that your weight comes on top of your fingers instead of your wrists.
- Now moving into the cow pose: Inhale and drop your belly downwards, and turn your head and look upwards towards.
- Then draw your shoulders away from your ears.
- Now moving into the cat pose: Exhale and draw your belly to your spine and round your back towards the ceiling. (Exact opposite of Cow pose)
- This pose will look like a stretching cat. Now bend your head downwards but don’t force your chin on your chest.
- Now inhale when coming to the cow pose, and exhale as you go back to the cat pose.
- You can repeat it for 10-20 times.
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Precautions and Contradictions of Cat Cow Pose
Take these following precautions before and during practicing Cat/Cow pose.
- If you have a neck injury then keep your neck in line with your torso
- If your wrists hurt then you can place your forearms on the floor.
- Pregnant women should only practice Cow pose and should not let their belly drop
- If your knees hurt, place a blanket under your knees.
- Do not practice yoga at least 4-6 hours after having a meal.
Preparatory Poses of Cat-Cow Pose
Practice this yoga pose before you practice Cat/Cow Pose.
- Legs up the wall pose (ViparitaKarani)
So guys, this was all about the Cat/Cow pose. I hope this blog was helpful and informational to you.
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