Cat Pose (Sanskrit name: Marjaryasana) is the complimentary sister pose to Cow Pose. It also stretches the back, abdomen, and hips.
Instead of arching the back, as in Cow, this posture utilizes a rounded spine in the opposite direction, which is spinal flexion. It is also a good preparatory pose done in the beginning to warm up the trunk of the body.
Performed on an exhalation, Cat Pose will open the back body as the front body contracts inward. This action will tone and massage the abdominal region. These two postures, when performed together, is a perfect example of how the practice of hatha yoga creates balance in the body through the flexion and extension of the spine.