The twisting cat – a brilliant posture to practice if you need to clear back pain, balance and tone the hips. In their CD ‘Easing Back Pain’ osteoptahs Mansukh Patel and Coby Langford use it to reduce back pain and restore balance to posture. I followed their programme for the advised 6 week period and subsequently taught it to both Dru Yoga students and in my personal mentoring sessions. TD came to me for personal Dru Mentoring with lower back pain that she had been experiencing for several years. She found it difficult walking for long periods of time, could not bend forwards too far and was in constant discomfort. A big disadvantage for a secretary in a busy office. What she needed was a simple movement plan that would diminish pain and help her re-establish her one love – walking.
As Mansukh Patel and Coby Langford explain, the standing and twisting cats stretch out the muscles either side of the spine known as the erector spinae and help deliver water and nutrients to that area. In this way tension is eased in the muscles that should be doing the job of helping the body to move rather than stay still. TD came back each week to practice the programme of Dru Yoga movements.
After a week she had started to feel her back easing up. After 3 weeks her hips started to become more balanced, and after 4 weeks she came back and said “I am walking totally differently. I never knew this would help a problem I have had for years, and I have lost 2 inches around my hips!”