Cat Stretch Spine Mobiliser

Yoga In 60 Seconds ~ Spine Mobilising Cat Stretch

 

A Gentle Spine Mobilising Movement

 

This is one of my all-time favourite standalone yoga practices.  Cat stretch mobilises and massages the spine through flexion (forward bending) and extension (backward bending).   If you only have time to do one thing then this is top of my list!  Come to all fours and add props as needed, I love the yoga jellies best as pictured here.   If you can’t kneel at all then skip this one and keep an eye out for the chair-based variation in an upcoming video.  Sorry, not every pose works for every body but every pose can be modified for every body, I love the challenge in modifying poses for tricky restrictions. 

Keep the movement in a comfortable range for you.   Going further isn’t always better; maintaining awareness and how you feel is much more important.  Slow it down to sense into the articulation of the individual vertebrae, you’ll be amazed how different it is to move slowly and mindfully with your breath. 

Repeat for 12 x rounds of breath which is about 60 seconds, or more if you have the time.  You could even finish it off with a restorative child’s pose to relax and lengthen the whole of the spine.  

This should feel comfortable, not strong so keep it nice and easy. Remember to subscribe to our socials to get more handy yoga tips.  I look forward to seeing you over there!

 

 

 

Free Online Yoga in 60 Seconds

 

Yoga doesn’t have to be complicated!  You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how simple these practices are & easy to slot into your everyday routine in just 60 seconds a day.  I created these free online yoga videos as a resource that you can come back to whenever you need a bit of inspiration. I hope you enjoy practicing them just as much as I enjoy making them! ~ Charley Hickey C-IAYT, Yoga Therapist & Owner Charleyoga

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