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Marjariasana Cat Pose
Marjari = Cat; Asana = Posture or Pose
this pose has many `cosmetic' benefits.
The up-down movement of the neck activates the delicate neck muscles, and preventing sagging at the neck and face. The pressure on the thyroid, also massages the thyroid, aiding weight loss by increasing metabolism. The hardening of the legs and arms between the two movements of each cat stretch, tones the limbs to a great extent.
Marjariasana or the Cat Pose in Yoga is excellent for improving flexibility of the spine. Most of the asanas or poses have been adopted by observing animals. The cat family has one of the most flexible spines in the animal kingdom. Marjariasana or the Cat pose is adopted after close observation of the domestic cat.
Step by Step
- Come onto your fours. Form a table such that your back forms the table top and your hands and feet form the legs of the table.
- Keep your arms perpendicular to the floor, with the hands directly under the shoulders and flat on the ground; your knees are hip-width apart.
- Look straight ahead.
- As you inhale, raise your chin and tilt your head back, push your navel downwards and raise your tailbone. Compress your buttocks. Do you feel a slight tingle here?
- Hold the Cat pose and take long, deep breaths.
- Follow this by a countermovement: As you exhale, drop your chin to your chest and arch your back up as much as you can; relax the buttocks.
- Hold this pose for a few seconds before you return to the initial table-like stage.
- Continue five or six rounds before you come out of this yoga posture.
- Tip from the Art of Living Yoga expert: When you do the movement slowly and gracefully, its effect is more powerful and meditative.
Benefits of Marjariasana (Cat Pose)
- Increases the mobility of your verterbrae.
- Releases tension in your cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine.
- Strengthens and tones your arms and abdominal muscles.
- Stretches your back muscles and abdominal muscles as well as your neck.
- Increases circulation of the spinal fluid and massages your digestive organs.
- Teaches correct pelvic movements for forwards bends and back bends.
- Release Back Pain
- Relaxes the mind
- Improve your blood cirulation
- Improve digestion
- Precaution Please practice marjariasana in expert guidance or consult a doctor if you are suffering from any abdominal, back or neck problem.
- Knee problems
- Cronic or recent back pain, injury or surgery
- Cromic or recent wrist pain or injury
- If you have wrist discomfort or pain, perform cat with your elbows on the floor under your shoulders keeping you hands open shoulder width apart.
- If you have neck pain when looking up, allow your gaze to only look forward on the inhale phase of the movement.
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