Cat Pose is one the most famous yoga positions. It is suitable for almost everyone as it is such a gentle stretch.If you have a pet cat, watch how it eases itself in and out of this pose several times a day. And with good reason too. Cat Pose stretches and loosens the spine, greatly improving its flexibility, allowing your cat to scale the highest walls with no difficulty. This stretch is usually taught in antenatal classes, because as well as keeping the spine flexible in preparation for labor, it tones up the reproductive system.

To practice Cat Pose:

  • Kneel on all fours with your hands below your shoulders and your knees below your hips.
  • Spread out your fingers like the cat’s claws and keep your arms straight.
  • Tuck your toes under.
  • Your head, neck and spine should be in line so that your entire back is flat like a table top. Inhale.
  • Exhale, and dropping your head towards your chest, arch up your back creating the shape of a humpback whale.
  • Inhale, lower the back down again and raise the head so that your head, neck and spine are in line again. Keep your arms straight at all times.
  • Continue for several breaths.
  • Rest in Child Pose. ( I will cover this pose next week).

STOP! If you have problems with your knees, place a folded blanket under them. If you have any neck or back problems, move very gently.