Pippy posing with her 2013 Kitten Yoga Calendar given to her by her friend Lesley
Greetings Felines and the humans who serve us! I hope everyone’s yoga practice continues to be a joyous adventure full of self realization and discovery. Pippy discovers every week that she is becoming more and more evolved and I’m thrilled to impart my knowledge with the humans who are traveling the yogic path.
An email was sent to Pippy last week regarding the subject of yoga mat etiquette in the classroom. Oh what a volatile subject for you human yogis! An excerpt from the correspondence is as follows:
Pippy, what is the proper etiquette regarding where one puts their yoga mat in the class room setting? The other day I arrived at my yoga class and my regular spot was taken. I informed the person that she was in my regular spot but she would not budge. I then had to practice on the other side of the room and I was quite thrown! What should I have done? This person knows this is my regular spot and I feel she did this on purpose.
Oh my my! I have a feeling this human yogi is not the only one out there who has experienced a similar situation. Pippy has heard horror stories from her very own human about your “yoga mat wars” and who gets what space in the room. Pippy has also been told about the competition for wooden blocks, blankets and cotton straps. Pippy has heard about those that complain the room is too hot, too cold, too this, too that, someone has on perfume, someone is coughing and might infect you, someone is breathing too hard, blah blah blah…. And people have the nerve to say cats are difficult!
First of all none of this behavior sounds very “yoga like” to Pippy. Yes, Pippy knows a group class can be challenging but consider it an opportunity to practice equanimity and humility. The space in the room belongs to everyone and there is no such thing as “your space”. How could there be? Can you produce the real estate deed that says this is your place? Pippy doubts it!
It’s a good thing you had to practice in a new spot. Yoga is about flexibility and if you can only practice in one spot, what’s flexible about that? Pippy encourages you to try to practice in as many different spots as possible and see if it does not improve your practice. You are set in your ways and stuck in a rut and Pippy is here to help you transcend it!
Pippy does not always get her “spot” when she is practicing. Just the other day, Hunter the Maine Coon took my regular spot on the bed. He knows that in the early afternoon I prefer that spot for my pranyama exercises because of the warmth that the sun’s rays provide when they hit the bed. Did Pippy snarl and hiss and chase him off? Now she did not! Pippy found another spot on the top of the recliner and had a wonderful session of breathing exercises and purr chanting. Pippy also has the last laugh because it clouded up and rained and Hunter had no sun at all!
Until next week….
Meow and Namaste!
Every week Pippy the Feline Yogini offers a yoga tip. Her words of wisdom are directed at the human species since those of the Feline ilk pretty much have this yoga thing down!
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