Joseph Pilates

Back to basics

You’ll please recall in the post “Moo” I didn’t know what sound a camel made. I still don’t, actually, but I read somewhere that they can make quite the range of noises and can sound like a bunch of different animals, so there isn’t a classic onomatopoeia associated with camels, I guess.

Anyway, in that post I mentioned that I had decided to draw Cow pose “next”…well next has arrived. I drew Cow last night and here it is:


Cow is a very open position. It is most commonly found in the short series “Cat-Cow” which takes you from one spinal extreme to the other. This help to warm you up and maintain flexibility in the spine (remember, you’re only as young as your spine!). Tailbone and shoulders are spread, opening the chest and hips. The face, head, and neck are all extended forward, if not a very little bit upward. I’m careful about the neck at this point since I’ve always been taught as a singer never to drop your head backward, as it strains the vocal chords.

So that’s Cow for ya. It’s very plain and simple, but it’s the basics that ground us – a tree cannot grow without its roots, so plant your roots deep and strong.

I do believe I am happy with this one.



No, this isn’t Cow pose…though typing that just now I have decided that should be next. I love cows, by the way. #funfactaboutme

This is Camel pose. (What sound do camels make?) I LOVE Camel, it feels so good! Opens your abs, chest, throat, shoulders – even your quads if you lean back a little (not recommended for beginners). Sometimes it’s hard for people to get into this position if their backs are weak or inflexible (you’re as young as your spine!), but as of now, I don’t have any trouble with it and find it quite beneficial.

This sketch is not my favorite, to be honest. The angles are confusing, and I don’t say I did it wrong, but the picture I was copying was a little difficult to follow – I couldn’t really tell what angle it was supposed to be showing! So this is just my first Camel, I might have to do another to make up for the poor quality. 😦


Positive thought, the hand does actually look pretty good for once. I have issues getting all those little joints and tiny bones in the right place, but this isn’t too bad. I do LOVE the way the rib cage came out, very well-defined.

Can we just pause and take a moment to realize that I’ve already caught up to current day?! Well close enough, there are a few more, but just as a warning, the posts will slow down as I start posting these in real time.

I do believe I am happy with this one!