A great flow when your body needs a break. Cat-Cow, or Chakravakasana, is a yoga pose that’s said to improve posture and balance — ideal for those with back pain.

The benefits of this synchronized breath movement will also help you relax and ease some of the day’s stress.

Duration: Do as many in 1 minute as you can.

Instructions

  1. Begin on your hands and knees in table pose, with a neutral spine. As you inhale and move into cow pose, lift your sit bones upward, press your chest forward and allow your belly to sink.
  2. Lift your head, relax your shoulders away from your ears, and gaze straight ahead.
  3. As you exhale, come into cat pose while rounding your spine outward, tucking in your tailbone, and drawing your pubic bone forward.
  4. Release your head toward the floor — just don’t force your chin to your chest. Most importantly, just relax.

Tomorrow: Not your everyday planking.


Kelly Aiglon is a lifestyle journalist and brand strategist with a special focus on health, beauty, and wellness. When she’s not crafting a story, she can usually be found at the dance studio teaching Les Mills BODYJAM or SH’BAM. She and her family live outside of Chicago, and you can find her on Instagram.