What it is: Although these yoga poses are usually done together, they are actually two separate movements. Cat and cow poses are frequently done at the beginning of a yoga class, helping to warm up the spine and core. They’re also provide a great opportunity to link breath with movement.
Why we love it: Cat and Cow Poses have several benefits including stretching the front torso and neck – great to counteract poor posture! Take a deeper look at the traditional pair of poses at Yoga Journal.
When to do it: Considered a balanced pose, this pair of poses would be great to do during transitions between subjects or lessons, before collaboration, or after small group work. Younger students will also get a kick out of making cat and cow noises while moving along with their breath! Both poses can be done together and are perfect for your classroom when done in a seated position from a chair. Our amaZEN U videos have two great examples – Cat and Cow 1 for Prek-5th grades and Cat and Cow 2 for 6th-12th grades.
How to do it:
The two opposing motions on the spine from these poses help the body learn how to sit in a comfortable neutral position. Try these yourself when you’ve been sitting for a long period and need a quick spine adjustment and stretch.
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