Body/Mind Perspective: Balancing Cat

Posted on May 16, 2010 by

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Samantha

Balancing Cat – This posture builds confidence and enhances focus, concentration, and balance.  It strengthens muscles along the spine, arms, shoulders, and opens the hips.

1.  Come onto hands and knees on the floor. Place your knees about hip width apart and directly under your hips.

2.  Place your palms about shoulder width apart directly under your shoulders. Spread your hands with your middle finger pointed forward and engage all 4 corners of your hands.

3.  Keep your spine in neutral, tighten your abdominal muscles and lift the right leg straight out behind you. Get the knee straight but not locked and only lift the leg as high as your hip, no higher.  Keep your right hip pointed directly towards the ground (not rotated out to the side).

4.  Lift your left (opposite) arm straight out in front of you with the palm facing down. Have your left elbow by your ear so the arm is in front of you and not to the side. Do not lift the arm any higher then level with your back.

5.  Look straight down and keep the neck in line with your spine. Do not tilt the head up or hang it too far down. Hold for five to ten deep breaths.

6.  Release slowly and with control. Repeat on other side.

Gates, 7, practices Balancing Cat

Samantha balances on the other side