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.