Happy Friday!  Last week’s fun pose Friday, we talked about Cat Pose.  This pose is almost always paired with today’s pose post: Cow Pose or Bitilasana. The two poses, Cat-Cow are practiced together for a gentle, flowing vinyasa.

There are many benefits of cat/cow-ing (just created a new yoga term!), not to mention it feels really good on an achy back.

Benefits of Cat-Cow:

  • Improves posture and balance
  • Strengthens and stretches the spine and neck
  • Stretches the hips, abdomen and back
  • Increases coordination
  • Massages and stimulates organs in the belly, like the kidneys and adrenal glands
  • Creates emotional balance
  • Relieves stress and calms the mind

With the help of Yoga Journal, here’s how you get into cow pose:

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 inhale, lift your sitting bones and chest toward the ceiling, allowing your belly to sink toward the floor. Lift your head to look straight forward.

Exhale, coming back to neutral “tabletop” position on your hands and knees. Repeat 10 to 20 times.

Happy cat-cowing.  See you on the mat!