Cat Pose

Marjaryasana

Cat Pose

What is Cat Pose?

Cat pose, or marjaryasana, is a simple posture that's generally alternated with cow pose as a gentle warmup for the spine. From all fours, the spine is rounded with the head and tailbone moving toward the floor.

Instructions

  • Start on all fours.
  • Bring your knees under your hips and your hands under your shoulders.
  • Exhale and round your spine, bringing your head and tailbone toward the floor.

Cautions

  • Avoid if there is knee or wrist injury

Benefits of Cat Pose

  • Stretches the spine
  • Strengthens the core
  • Relaxes the mind

Cat Pose Details

Sanskrit Name
Marjaryasana
Pronunciation
mar-jar-YAH-sah-nah
Pose Level
Beginner
Yoga Type
Drishti
Nabhichakra (Navel)
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