Balancing cat Chakra Vakasana Variation I

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This posture has been proven to strengthen core muscles throughout the spine, making it a great back exercise.

1. Starting on your hands and knees, position your knees about hip width and your hands just below your shoulders with your fingers turned forward and your arms straightened as Figure 22-8a illustrates.

2. As you exhale, slide your right hand forward and your left leg back, keeping your hand and your toes on the floor.

3. As you inhale, raise your right arm and left leg to a comfortable height as in Figure 22-8b.

4. Stay in Step 3 for 6 to 8 breaths and then repeat Steps 1 through 3 with opposite pairs (left arm and right leg).

Figure 22-8:

Balancing cat posture.

Figure 22-8:

Balancing cat posture.

Balancing Cat YogaChakravakasana

To make this posture easier, keep both hands on the ground as you extend each leg.

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The Chakra Checklist

The Chakra Checklist

The chakras are described as being aligned in an ascending column from the base of the back to the top of the head. New Age practices frequently associate each chakra with a particular color.

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