The cat/cow pose link movement with the breath and help to release tension from the spine, shoulders and neck as well as activating the abdominal muscles.
How to do the pose:
- Begin on all fours with the hands shoulder width apart and the knees hip width apart.
- Inhale and lift the tailbone, drop the lower belly, lift the chest and look forwards, this is Cow pose.
- As you exhale tuck the tailbone under, draw the navel in towards the spine, push into the hands and round the upper back up towards the ceiling , this is Cat Pose.
- Continue to move between the two positions, moving with the breath, repeating 8 to 10 times.
- To get more into the upper back try pushing back into Childs pose from Cat Pose.
What to watch out for:
- Move with the breath.
- Neck injury – Keep the head in a neutral position.
Our instructor is Polly Clark; yoga teacher and founder of Mountain Yoga Breaks who offer weekends combining mountain biking and yoga in the beautiful Welsh countryside.