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How To Teach Cat Pose
Marjaryasana


Step 1
Learn The Sanskrit

Marjaryasana = cat pose
Marjari = cat

I’ve learnt how to remember Sanskrit names of poses by using a fun, easy to use memory trick.  The trick is to create a bizarre story.  The more bizarre the easier it is for the brain to remember.   For example, here’s the bizarre story I whipped up…

I imagine myself knocking at the door of my Mum’s house (she has a cat).  When she opens the door, instead of giving her a hug, I go straight to her fridge and get a tub of MARJArine (sounds like MARYAryasana) and a knife and spread it all over her very fluffy Norweigan CAT.  When my mum rightly asks me when I just put MARJArine all over her CAT, I tell her it’s the latest way of preventing hair lose for CATs.

Step 2
Teach The Benefits

Cat Pose develops concentration and awareness when you mentally visit the spaces between each of the vertebral joints to mobilize them.

Other benefits…

  • Lower back
  • Menopause disorder
  • Menstrual disorder
  • Sexual debility

Step 3
Teach The Steps

1) Start in neutral position with wrists under shoulders and arms shoulder width.

2) Pull navel into small of back & arch back.

3) Tuck chin to chest & move slowing back/forth.

4) Repeat several times.

Click here to watch a video of cat pose.

Step 4
Spice It Up

Spice it up with some variations of Cat Pose.  After all this pose can get a bit boring.

Variation #1
Do Cat with Cow Pose for a flowing vinyasa.

Variation #2
Raise left leg and right arm and then raise right leg and left arm.

Variation #3
Bring head to knee.

Variation #4
Tuck toes under (so you’re on your tip toes) and hover 2 or 3 inches above the floor.   Now do cat pose (the students will need to activate their core more to do this pose).

Step 5
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George Watts

BWY Yoga Teacher at George Watts Yoga
This post was lovingly morphed into reality by BWY yoga teacher, George Watts. If you're looking for a treasure trove of yoga lesson planning goodness, take a quick peek at Yoga Teacher Lesson Plan Kit.
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