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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Bitilasana - Cow Yoga Pose

Bitilasana is the sanskrit counterpart of cow yoga pose. It is an easy, gentle way to warm up the spine. This pose helps you in strengthening the core muscles. It helps in massaging of spine and abdominal organs. This yoga pose is often paired with Cat yoga pose for a smooth flow of yoga asanas. The cat and cow poses of yoga are considered opposites by some, the back arched or rounded.


Procedure for Doing Bitilasana - Cow Yoga Pose

  1. Start on the floor on your hands and knees. Begin in a neutral position, your back and neck straight and your eyes looking at the floor. Make sure your knees are lined up with your hips and your wrists. Your elbows and shoulders should be in line and perpendicular to the floor.
  2. As you inhale, lift your head, pelvis and chest toward the ceiling, allowing your belly to sink toward the floor. Then open your eyes wide, lift your eyebrows, open your mouth wide and stick out your tongue.
  3. Exhale, coming back to the neutral flat-back position. Repeat 10 to 20 times.

Benefits of Doing Bitilasana - Cow Yoga Pose

  • Stretches the front torso and neck
  • Provides a gentle massage to the spine and belly organs
  • Helps in preventing back pain.
  • Reduces stress

Precautions to be taken while doing Bitilasana - Cow Yoga Pose

  • Keep the head in line with the torso if you are having any neck injury.
  • If you are a beginner than protect your neck by broadening across your shoulder blades and drawing your shoulders down, away from your ears.

Bitilasana - Cow Yoga Pose Video