The cat stretch pose, also known as Marjari Asana, is a pose designed to improve the flexibility of the neck, shoulders and your spine. This posture is considered to be a very important aspect of being able to lead a happy and healthy life.
- Kneel on the floor and lean forward to place hands on floor below your shoulders, fingers facing forward, hands in line with knees.
- Arms and thighs should be at right angles to the floor; knees may be slightly separated.
- Inhale deeply, raise head and drop spine so your back is concave.
- Fill your lungs and hold for three seconds.
- As you exhale, lower your head and stretch your spine upwards.
- At the end of the breath, pull in your buttocks, contract stomach muscles and place head between arms.
- Repeat this process, as many times as you are comfortable. Do this asana with slow and deep breathing and feel the stretch it gives to your back, neck and shoulders.
- Loosens up the spine and make it flexible. Gets rid of stiffness in the back muscles.
- Good for those suffering from Spondylitis and slipped disk.
- It has an indirect effect on the organs of the lower abdomen, including the digestive system, intestines and the reproductive organs. It gives a good massage and stretch to these organs.
- Something that not many people know about the cat pose is that it also plays a major role in the purification of blood within the human body.