Cow pose is a beginner backbend that is great for increasing thoracic spine mobility and relieving pain in the neck and in between the shoulder blades.
COW POSE BENEFITS
- Improves spinal mobility.
- Reduces stiffness in the thoracic spine.
- Stretches the abs and hip flexors.
- Can help to correct poor posture.
- Can help to alleviate neck, upper back and lower back pain.
Come to all fours. Bring your wrists directly underneath your shoulders and your hips right above your knees—toes point straight back. Look down at the mat in front of you to bring your spine into neutral.
Inhale, arch your spine, drop your belly, lift your chest and look up. Exhale, relax into Cow pose and draw your shoulders back.
Try to focus the stretch on the area of your spine that feels the most restricted or stuck.
Hold the pose for 3-5 breaths.
DYNAMIC VARIATION: Lateral Cat-Cow Pose
- In this variation of Cat-Cow you alternate between looking over your left and right shoulders, to improve lateral spinal mobility. Move with you breath, repeating the sequence 3-4 times.
- Avoid this pose if you have a back, knee or wrist injury.