The spine moves in multiple directions, and it's important to warm up the spine in the lateral direction too. This variation on the Cat primes the spine to move side to side while stretching the muscles on either side of the spine.
- Begin on all fours; keeping your spine in neutral, bend sideways to the left to look at your butt. You're making a "C" shape with your spine that's parallel to the floor.
- Reverse directions and bend right. Repeat for five to 10 reps.