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Yoga Poses Cat Pose

Yoga Poses Cat Pose

Introduction: The Cat pose, commonly known as Marjariasana, is one of the effective poses for correcting body posture. When practiced regularly, this pose helps increase flexibility in the spine and can alleviate back pain. This pose also stimulates the abdominal organs and stretches the neck.

Type of Level: Cat Pose belongs to Level 1 i.e. the beginner’s level. If you are a novice, this is one of the yoga poses for you.

How to Perform: To enjoy full benefits of the cat pose, it is important to perform it accurately. Following are the steps to do it in the right way:

  • Come onto your fours i.e. in a tabletop position with your hands and knees on the mat. Make sure your knees are directly below your hips and hands are beneath the shoulders. Position your head in the center and spread your fingers with your eyes locked firmly on the floor
  • Next, exhale while rounding the spine toward the ceiling. Also, ensure that your hands and knees do not deviate from their original position
  • Curl your head inwards, toward the floor but avoid forcing your chin to your chest
  • Inhale as you return your body back to the tabletop position
  • Repeat the process 15-20 times

NOTE: The cat pose is often combined with cow pose for a gentle and better flowing movement.

Benefits of Cat Pose (Marjariasana):

  • Makes the spine flexible. Helps getting rid of stiffness in the back
  • Helps reinvigorate the digestive and reproductive organs along with abdomen and the intestines
  • Plays an important role in the purification of blood
  • Provides relaxation to the mind
  • Strengthens shoulders and wrists
  • Good for patients with disk problems

Best Place to Perform: It is advisable to perform the cat pose on a clean, flat floor without any pitfalls. Moreover, ensure the room where you are about to practice is noise-free.

Precautions While Performing Cat Pose: Although the cat pose can be performed easily by some, there are few precautions that need to be taken in order to avoid any injury.

  • Start with elementary yoga poses as they will prepare your muscles for the complex poses
  • People suffering from head injuries should keep their head in direct line with the torso
  • It is better to take help of a trained yoga professional who can guide you to perform your poses rightly
  • Pregnant women should only perform the cow pose, bringing their spine back to the neutral position between poses. Also, they should not drop their belly between repetitions as this may strain their back
  • Never push yourself beyond your comfort level and perform the poses within your own set of limits. If you are dealing with any medical issues, it’s recommended to seek advice of your doctor before practicing the yoga postures.