What is KatKow?
You will often hear this term used in yoga classes. It gives us a visual of how the spine moves from an extended position of Kow, to flexion like a Kat arching its middle back. When performed on all fours it also stimulates the movement of the ball and socket joints of the hips and shoulders. As the spine moves from extension to flexion it is stimulating the movement of the bones and the cushioning between each bone is squeezed and released a bit like squeezing a sponge full of water which helps hydrate the disc's.
Whilst KatKow on all fours is taught as a warm up and when used in conjunction with the flowing inhale and exhale of the breath this massages the relaxation response of the nervous system. This can give rise to a sense of presence and peace within. It is also used as a reference point when practising other postures such as shoulder stand. When we start inversions, such as shoulder stand we sometimes round our back (flexion) which can put pressure on the spine and lead to discomfort. If you where to use the visualisation of the Kow position of the spine it will help to lift the spine and take the pressure off the back and give relief.
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