"In my opinion, Cat-Cow does it all," said yoga instructor Kathleen Clemons: it opens up your chest, gets your body moving, improves posture and balance, and increases strength and flexibility in your spine. CorePower Yoga instructor Alexa Hirschberg added that Cat-Cow is a great way to relieve lower back pain and stretch our your body after a day of hunching at a desk.
- Begin with your hands and knees on the floor. Make sure your knees are under your hips and your wrists are under your shoulders. Begin in a neutral spine position, with your back flat and your abs engaged. Take a big, deep inhale.
- On the exhale, round your spine up toward the ceiling, and imagine you're pulling your belly button up toward your spine, really engaging your abs. Tuck your chin toward your chest, and let your neck release. This is your cat-like shape.
- On your inhale, arch your back, let your belly relax, and go loose. Lift your head and tailbone up toward the sky — without putting any unnecessary pressure on your neck. This is the Cow portion of the pose.
- Continue flowing back and forth from Cat Pose to Cow Pose, and connect your breath to each movement — inhale for Cow Pose, and exhale on Cat Pose.
- Repeat for 10 rounds.