Cat Tilt Pose

Definition - What does Cat Tilt Pose mean?

Cat tilt pose is a basic core posture that's one of the most fundamental throughout the many schools of yoga because it releases tension in the spine, preparing the body for more challenging poses. The pose is so named because it resembles a cat rounding its back.

From table pose, the core muscles are pulled in toward the spine as the back rounds and the head releases gently toward the ground. This pose is often paired with dog tilt pose, in which the belly sinks toward the ground, creating an arch in the back as the head rises.

Cat tilt pose may also be referred to by its Sanskrit name, marjaryasana.

Yogapedia explains Cat Tilt Pose

In addition to easing spinal and neck tension, this pose strengthens the wrists, arms and shoulders; gently massages the abdominal organs, thereby improving digestion; tones and strengthens the core muscles; stretches the middle and upper back and the neck; improves circulation; and reduces stress by calming the mind.

Although simple, cat tilt pose requires precise body positioning for maximum benefit and safety. The knees should be directly under the hips and the hands should be directly under the shoulders.

Those who have neck problems should keep the head and neck in line with the body. For those with knee or wrist injuries, a blanket may be placed under either or this pose may be practiced while seated upright in a chair.

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