Relieve back pain by posing in the Cat and Cow asanas. Two of the ten core yoga poses, these positions stretch your back and increase flexibility. Exercise your body and relax your mind with yoga.

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In yoga, lots of poses are named after animals and things in nature. This one happens to be Cat and Cow. And it's really good to stretch the lower back and open up after a long hard day at work.

So all you need to do is place your knees shoulder-width apart, take your hands down to the floor, lining up your wrists, elbows, and shoulders. You take a nice big inhale in, exhale, and fully round the back up into a big cat backstretch, drawing up from your armpits, pressing your palms into the floor, pressing your knees into the floor, and release chin to chest.

Pull your tummy and as tight as you can. Then draw back down, sending the hips up. Gaze is up and draw the shoulders down your back.

As you're working through Cat and Cow, if you feel any pain or unusual symptoms, especially if you're pregnant, just stop right away and gently press back into Child's Pose and release. And that's Cat and Cow.

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