Cat post

How to write a blog on a class that is purely just based around the fact that it was International Cat Day yesterday…?

I think you can clearly tell that I have been working so hard lately I just want to have some fun with my yoga – and with my classes.

It’s a bit of a challenge – centring a class purely around one move, well, I say that, but then most classes build up to one main move.

This is different though – this required me to challenge myself (even more than I usually do when tenuously trying to match popular culture to a yoga class theme), this class required me to really explore the ins and out of cat cow, it’s variations, what it does, how it can help you.

And you know what? The pose looks easy, but it is SO MUCH MORE than we think it is!

It has SOOOOOO many benefits, just take a look at this:

Mentally

The breath synchronizes with the movement, which creates calm and balance, it increases coordination, encourages and fosters an intentional focus, and gets that prana going (remember the vital (Jedi) life force?)

Physically

It lengthens the spine, improves circulation to the discs between the vertebrae and relieves tension in the back.

It also tones the gastrointestinal tract – YES IT WORKS YOUR CORE LADIES AND GENTLEMEN!

It can provide relief from menstrual cramps, lower back pain, and sciatica.

AND not only that but it increases flexibility of the neck, shoulders, and spine and can even stretch the muscles of the hips, back, abdomen, chest, and lungs.

Spiritually

It activates the Swadhisthana Chakra (energy centre), which is the second chakra located around the hip bones and groin.

A blocked chakra here leads to deep emotional turmoil and depression, a balances chakra enhances creativity and the ability to focus and learn. Cat cow can help to create this balance.

But then even better than that, there are so many different ways you can modify this pose to create a fifteen minute flow based entirely on this move.

(Fancy seeing that as a video? Maybe I should start filming some? Comment below if you do!)

For now, take a look at some of these variations:

Cat

Cow

One handed tiger

The pose that looks like I am an extra in Flashdance

And the one where I counterpose that last one*

Cats are cool, chilled out, balanced, relaxed and well basically just cool again.

Want to relieve the daily stress of life? Grab your mat, take a couple of cat cows and let it all roll off your back – and like a cat would, encourage the element of play wherever you can.

*cat cow crunch for both the last two images

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