Although best known as a yoga exercise, this is a fun and easy to learn exercise that cab be used away from a yoga class.
What this is good for:
Increasing the flexibility of the neck, shoulders and spine. The movement also stretches the muscles of the hips, back, abdomen and chest. As with many yoga poses it has multiple benefits.
How to practice:
On your hands and knees form a tabletop with your shoulders over your wrists and your hips over your knees. Ground down through your palms.
As you inhale, tilt your tailbone up, drop your belly, and lift your gaze slightly up without bunching the back of the neck.
As you exhale, tuck your tailbone, curl and round your spine, and bring your gaze toward your belly button.
Repeat this slowly and with relaxed focus, feeling the dynamic as you move between the cow and the cat. And the stretching nature of the movement.