After having two kids and breastfeeding for over two years my shoulders became increasingly hunched. When you carry a young child you naturally round your back to carry them close to your chest. After a while, I started having serious neck and back pain which also led to bad headaches and indigestion.
My problem solved a lot with my yoga journey.
I want to talk about my favourite asana “Bitilasana and Marjaryasana – cat and cow pose”
How can this asana help?
Cat and Cow pose requires a lot of movement to different parts of your body, including your hip flexors, abdominal muscles, upper back muscles like the trapezius, spinal erectors, and lower back muscles.
- Flexing and extending your spine can help improve blood circulation in the spine discs and improve posture and balance.
- When you practice cow pose it activates the tailbone and cat pose will help you to release the tension in your neck and back, including your shoulders.
- The cat and cow pose also stretches the abdomen, hips, and chest. Flexing and extending your spine can help improve your blood circulation in the spine and pelvic area.
- This practice can help you open up your chest and your collarbones as well as your shoulders.
- Activating your tailbone and spinal movement will increase the flexibility of your spine, which will help keep the natural space between the vertebrae.
p.s this posture also improves strength in the hands and wrists so that you are well prepared to practice other yoga poses.