Cat-Cow (Marjaryasana-Bitilasana)

A Pitta-Pacifying Yoga Pose
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In hands and knees position, spread the fingers wide as you plant them on the floor with your wrists under your shoulders. Inhale to round the spine as you playfully imitate a Halloween cat. Exhale to rhythmically transition into an arched spine as you let your belly spill toward the floor, roll the shoulders back and together, and reach your tailbone up in the air. Flow back and forth several times with the breath. As you find an easy and light-hearted rhythm, let your body explore the pose with freedom and fluidity while moving in all directions.

Pitta Focus:

Contract the abdominal muscles on the inhalation by drawing your navel towards your spine and release the muscles as you exhale. This action provides a deep massage for the digestive organs and balances agni.

Benefits:

Increases spinal flexibility, relieves tension in the back (especially the shoulders and neck), and tones the abdomen.