Learn how to Perform the Yawning Cat Stretch in Pilates Video

Yawning Cat is a variation of the Cat Stretch, part of a great warm-up for any Pilates class. The Yawning Cat adds rotation of the spine to increase flexibility and stretch the muscles of the chest and back. Be sure to keep the abs engaged to prev...
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Kimberly: Welcome to the Pilates on Fifth video podcast. I am Kimberly and this is Katherine who has a cold and really has no voice. So, we’re going to do the Yawning Cat. So, we will start in all fours position. This is a cat stretch that we’ve added rotation to. You want the hands right under the shoulders and the knees right under the hips. The knees can be squeezing together or a shoulder distance apart or rather hip distance apart, it does not matter. So, on the inhale, we’re going to reach our left arm up to the ceiling at the same time we rotate the ribs to the left. On the exhale, you send the arms through the other, the supporting arm bends and the shoulders touches down to the mat. Inhale reaching back up, rotating the ribcage back up to the ceiling and exhale coming down. Inhale, the right arm reaches to the ceiling inhale, ribcage rotates to right, exhale rotate the ribcage to the left, bend this supporting arm, touch the shoulder down. Inhale, bring me on back up to the ceiling rotating and exhale down. One more time each way, inhale reaching up and exhale send the arm through, but notice she is not overextending the back, there is a slight extension that happens, inhale coming back up and rotating to the ceiling in and exhale down, keeping those abs pulled-in to support the spine, last one inhale reaching up, exhale bend the supporting elbows send the arm through shoulder touches down. Inhale, rotate back up to the ceiling and exhale coming down. Very nice and that is of the Yawning Cat. If you would like more information on our studio Pilates on Fifth, our certification program, The Pilates Academy International or any of our products please log onto pilatesonfifth.com. Also, be sure to checkout our website, ultimatepilatesworksout.com, with lots of free full-length mat workouts and full-length equipment workouts. Thank you.

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