Summer’s here and I’m in a playful spirit so I decided to write about something light (yet serious) in this week’s blog posting. Here goes….
I’ve been practicing yoga for many years. I’ve studied with some of the best teachers in the world but as great as those teachers have and continue to be none can compare to the best yoga teachers of all – those of the feline persuasion. Most everyone by now has heard of the health benefits of yoga. Few would disagree that yoga is good for body mind and soul. Now of course I could go on and on in this post about all the various types of yoga and the health benefits but one can do a quick Google search and find plenty on the subject.
Instead, I offer you something different which is yoga wisdom from the cat companions I have been blessed to share my life with (or should I say serve) in this reincarnation. I continue to learn from my yogi cats everyday and I look forward to continuing to “study” with them as I move ahead in my own journey! Meow!
- The most important pose is Shavasana aka the corpse pose or resting pose. This is the pose practiced at the end of yoga classes but my felines tell me that sometimes it’s the only pose you need. They have perfected this pose and practice it numerous times throughout the day.
- If you do enough stretching, deep breathing, and resting you will have little to next to none stress in your life. They should know as their stress level is practically non-existent except when they are trying to wake me up at 5am for their morning feeding and I’m not getting up as fast as they would prefer.
- When doing the classical poses, don’t make such a big deal about what you look like while doing the pose. Just because the lithe young kitten down the street looks a certain way while doing a pose doesn’t mean that every cat has to try to emulate her. Show confidence while doing the poses and act as if you were the poster child for the latest cover of Yoga Journal magazine.
- We all come in different shapes and sizes and we are all gorgeous. It would be boring if we all had the same body type or fur pattern. Whether you are a tabby, calico, Siamese, Maine Coone or any other beautiful breed of cat, you are special and lovely just the way God made you.
- Yoga also reminds us that our natural form is preferable to any outer accessories that we can adorn our bodies with. Yes, fancy cat collars with jewels and bells on them have their place but they are not near as lovely as what we look like in our natural state.
- Downward facing dog was originally meant to be called downward facing cat until the dog lobby invested millions in making the name change. (This was news to me but my cat companions swear it’s true!) At any rate, they say it doesn’t really matter because if dogs have such big egos and need the pose to reflect their name then so be it! Cats know that no species can stretch quite like them plus they say it’s an excellent opportunity to practice non attachment and keeping one’s ego in check.
- Take the necessary time to care for yourself because no one else will do it for you. Cats are always grooming themselves and making sure they have plenty of “me time” before they give back to those they love. They know if they don’t take care of themselves first they will be of little use to their loved ones or communities.
- Yoga is about letting go and being in the present. Don’t worry about the future because there will always be food in the food bowl and cat nip aplenty if you just trust your higher power to provide for you.
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