As we age, we lose flexibility, muscles atrophy, and we need to incorporate stretches into our daily routines. Yoga is a great way to achieve this. One of my favorite exercises is cat camel. Doctors recommend this for spine relief. Cat camel benefits include: stretching the spine (neck and back) and alleviating sciatica pain. Abdominal organs, female reproductive organs, and gastrointestinal tract are stimulated. One of my favorite tools for cat camel is my ProsourceFit Extra Thick Yoga and Pilates Mat. There is a huge Father's Day sale, so be sure to visit ProsourceFit for great gift ideas. Use code "ALow15" at checkout for discount on your first order.
Cat camel can be done on the floor or on a bench. I prefer a bench. Place your hands directly below your shoulders and knees directly below hips. Draw your navel towards your spine. Slowly arch your back toward the sky and hold for about five to ten seconds. Keeping your navel drawn towards your back, arch your spine down towards the floor and hold for about five to ten seconds.
Incorporate cat camel into your routine when you wake and before you sleep. Depending on intensity of pain and goals, three sets of ten is sufficient to notice a difference.