cat pose (marjaryasana) what can we learn from our beloved pets?by Jeffrey Posner February 4, 2013
Cats know the benefits of a good stretch and yoga has mimicked them with Cat Pose. This pose, also known as Marjaryasana in Sanskrit, is a very gentle and low-impact pose that is the perfect back stretch after sitting too long or if you have back pain.
This pose is perfectly paired with Cow Pose, as the two movements balance each other out and give your back, shoulders and neck a nice stretch. Also, it’s a smart idea to make Cat Pose one of your warm-up exercises in any yoga session. Before you perform this pose, stretch your wrists because this pose puts weight directly on them. If you have wrist problems, you can perform this pose on your knuckles.
Cat Pose (Marjaryasana)
Start on all fours on your mat with your back in a flat, neutral position. Put your wrists directly under your shoulders and your knees directly under your hips. Breathe out as you slowly arch your back like a stretching cat, pulling your belly button toward the ceiling. Your gaze should face your belly and you’ll feel the stretch in your neck and shoulders as well as your back. Hold this pose for a few breaths and gently come back to a neutral tabletop position.
If you choose to perform the Cat and Cow Series, slowly move back and forth between this pose and Cow Pose, as you breathe in and out.
- Stretches back, shoulders and neck
- Warms up the body
- Beneficial for the uterus
- Stimulates the abdominal organs
- Calming pose that reduces stress