How This Helps
Cat and cow pose in tandem simply teaches practitioners what it feels like to work with the breath, to move with inhale and exhale. The dual pose combination puts breath work and slow movement to the forefront of the practitioner’s mind. In an active way, it slows the breath and brings your mind to a state of mindfulness and quiet that is needed for the heart. It’s a very good dynamic stretch to start one’s practice.
About Cat and Cow Pose:
Cat Pose: Marjaryasana; Marjari means cat
Cow Pose: Bitilasana
Cat and Cow poses are usually done together, especially at the beginning of a yoga class. Cat and cow poses in yoga helps with strengthening of the spine. In addition to strengthen, the poses also help stretch the spine before any major asanas or any big movements. If done seated, you get an opportunity to lengthen the chest and open the heart even more.
Here are the instructions for Cat and Cow pose: