Practise Cat Style Yoga & Canoe Style Yoga Exercise

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This asana evolved from studying the movements of cats as they stretch after a nap or interrupt a walk to give their legs an energizing flex. When mastering this movement, it helps to think of the way a cat would move. This asana is a great way to wake up your entire body and boost its circulation. Follow the instructions in this article.

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Cat Style Method 1

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    Kneel on all fours with your hands at shoulder width apart and your knees at the same distance apart.
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    Keep your arms straight throughout the exercise, if you can.
    Take a deep breath and, as you exhale, move your chin down to your chest so that you are looking towards your abdomen.
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    Arch your back, making your shoulder round and keeping your buttocks down.
    Your spine should now be stretched into a very gentle C shape.
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    As you inhale, hollow your back into a concave position and lift your head, curving your neck and shoulders upwards.
    Your spine should now form a shallow, inverted C shape.
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    Repeat these two positions five or ten times, concentrating on creating a slow, fluid movement.
    Think slow languorous cat, not bucking bronco, throughout the movement.
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Cat Style Method 2

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    From the starting position of the cat, take a deep breath, exhale and arch your back.
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    This time, however, bring your right knee towards your forehead.
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    Bring your forehead down to meet the right knee.
    As you inhale, hollow your back, as before, with your head curved up and push your right leg back and up as far as you can go.
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    Do not kick your leg back.
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    Return to the starting position and repeat the movement with the left leg.
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    Repeat these steps three or four times on each leg or until you feel tired.
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    This is a very vigorous exercise and will require quite a lot of physical strength to keep the movement fluid and controlled.
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Canoe-Style Yoga Method

This is a good exercise to tone the abdominal muscles and the spine.

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    Lie on your front with your arms stretched out in front of you, your legs stretched out behind you with the backs of the feet making contact with the floor, and your chin resting on the floor.
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    Keep your hands and feet about shoulder width apart.
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    Take a deep breath and, as you inhale, lift your right leg and your left arm and stretch them.
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    Allow your head to move upwards but not so far as to stretch your neck.
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    Try to keep your left hip and right shoulder in contact with the floor.
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    As you exhale, slowly lower your arm and leg to the floor.
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    Inhale and do the same movement with the left leg and right arm.
    Do not hold the position for so long that you cannot help but collapse under the strain. Repeat three times for each side.
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    For the full canoe, take a deep, deep breath and lift both arms and legs, keeping them straight as before.
    Your weight should be centered on your abdomen. Hold, then exhale, lowering yourself gently to the ground. This movement should only be performed twice.
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