Yoga for Stomach Pain: Cat Pose

A few years ago my husband and I were at an outdoor concert, and on the blanket in front of us a man suddenly bent over in pain. He was in that position for a while, until I finally went over to see if I could help (I can’t help it, I’m a yenta.) His friend was nonchallant about it, saying “this always happens to him when he drinks beer.” But the man who was hurting told me he had Crohn’s or UC, I can’t remember…anyway, I tried to get him to do cat pose to work out the pain. It’s my go-to whenever I’m hurting, and even though it’s supposed to be for your back, it works wonders for the gut. After looking like weirdoes doing this yoga pose together in the middle of this huge concert, he started feeling better, to the point that he was able to stand up again. I don’t know why people continue to punish themselves, if you know beer does this to you —- no, I do – it’s the desire to just feel normal, like everyone else, having a cold beer at a concert even if you’re going to pay for it.

Anyway, here’s a video I found that shows how to do Cat Pose.


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