Standing Cat Sequence

 

Level: Easy

Benefits: Increases flexibility in the spine. Increases breathing capacity. Good for minor back aches.

Cautions: Lower back pain

How To

standing-cat-sequence
Fig. 1 Fig. 2 Fig. 3
  1. From a standing position lean forward with a straight back and place your hands on your upper legs. (fig 1) You may need to keep your knees bent.
  2. As you inhale keep your body in a straight line and lift your tail bone and your collar bones. Lengthen along the front of your body. Keep your shoulders away from your ears and neck lengthening. (fig 2)
  3. As you exhale reach your back upwards and drop your tail bone and head, drawing your abdomen in towards your spine. (fig 3)
  4. Return to the inhaling position and continue for 5 to 10 breaths. Move slowly and feel your back muscles gradually releasing and lengthening.
  5. Come into a standing position and rest.

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