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Cat Pose, Bitilasana: Yoga Poses Stretch

By Yoga Lily 6 years ago
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Yoga Cat Pose

Cat Pose, Bitilasana: Yoga Poses for Stretching

Bitilasana – The yoga Cat Pose may seem fairly easy. However, it develops concentration and awareness because you mentally visit the spaces between each of the vertebral joints to mobilise them. It also helps establish a steady breathing rhythm because you match the movements of the body to follow your breathing.

Bidalasana cat pose yoga

1. From and all-fours position, inhale as you lift your tailbone and head and make your back concave. Due to its structure, your lower back will dip down easily, but your upper back will become concave less easily. Rather then take the path of least resistance stay mentally present and move the downward curve to the thoracic area. While all the muscles along the spine will be working, feel the muscles in the middle and upper back in particular switch on as you move your breastbone forward. Don’t collapse into the shoulders and keep the elbows has straight as possible. As you turn your face up to the sky, keep the back of the neck soft – if you had an egg cradled there it wouldn’t be squashed.

Cat Pose, Bidalasana

2. On each exhalation round up your back. Let your shoulder blades spread wide apart as you release tight muscles of the upper back and neck. It is very easy to arch up the upper back, since that is its natural shape. During this part of the exercise, take care to press the vertebrae of your lower back up to the sky. Tuck your tailbone well under and press your chin in to the throat. Press your hands to the floor and feel where the skin of your back stretches as you deepen your curve.

Bidalasana cat pose yoga

3. Move with a steady flow so that each rounding up takes an entire exhalation and each arching downward takes and entire inhalation. Once you get the feel for it, time the arching of your back so that the movement starts as you begin to inhale or exhale and ends just has your breath tapers out.


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Lily is an experienced certified yoga teacher, she teaches the traditional, relaxing and invigorating Yoga as practiced in Asia for thousands of years; it is a little more holistic in nature, meaning, it covers not just the physical aspects of yogic practice (like asanas or poses, mudras or locks), but also the breathing, meditation, mindfulness and restorative techniques sometimes lacking in the modern practice. Yoga is part of who she is, from practicing yoga in the parks of China as a child, to graduating from YogiYoga(China) Institute in 2007, Lily has loved helping and inspiring people ever since. You can help balance your mind and body to give a sense of wholeness and great happiness.