Who’s Practicing Yoga on the Feline Yogi Cat Mat?

Ishii and Snarf inspecting their brand new yoga mat

Ishii and Snarf inspecting their brand new yoga mat

Ishii and Snarf are! That’s who!

Like all felines, Ishii and Snarf have been practicing yoga their entire lives. However neither one had ever been around a yoga mat before until they received a Feline Yogi Cat Mat as a Christmas gift. Their humans sent us the above picture and as you can see they were quite intrigued.  According to their humans, their yoga practices are thriving!

Their preferences in yoga vary however due to the generational gap between this feline duo. Ishii who is 10 prefers gentle stretches along with deep breathing. He is a seeker of truth and the unification of his body mind and soul. Vigorous yoga poses that show off his flexibility and strength are no longer of interest to him even though he is certainly capable of them!

Snarf on the other hand is only two and his still exploring the physical aspects of yoga. He prefers active poses that showcase his prowess and stellar technique. His humans report that he’s been making up his own yoga asanas to perform on the mat and that these poses resemble something comparable to the Electric Slide dance. Feline Yogi would love to see a picture of that!

Keep up the good practices Ishii and Snarf! Meow and Namaste!

The Yoga Cat Mat is for today’s hip modern enlightenment seeking cat. If you would  like to order The Yoga Cat Mat, please visit the Feline Yogi Store on Etsy.

Pippy’s Yoga Tip of the Week: Avoiding Mat Wars!

Pippy posing with her 2013 Yoga Kittens Calendar given to her by her friend Lesley

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!

Pippy

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!

 The Yoga Cat Mat is for today’s hip modern enlightenment seeking cat. If you would like to order The Yoga Cat Mat, please visit the Feline Yogi Store on Etsy.

Who’s Practicing Yoga on The Feline Yogi Cat Mat?

Mia practicing her AM Meditation while Enzo patiently awaits his turn on the mat

Mia practicing her AM Meditation while Enzo patiently awaits his turn on the mat

Enzo practicing his yoga asana

Enzo practicing his yoga asana

 

Mia and Vincenzo are! That’s who!

Mia and Vincenzo (Enzo for short) are two cool hip urban felines. Their humans own and run the very successful Pussy and Pooch Pethouse and Pawbear in Downtown LA and Long Beach California  but they couldn’t do it without the input of Mia and Enzo. They are the official “testers” for all things cat at the Pethouse and Pawbar and  rumor has it they also have a big say on the doggie inventory as well.  Their humans go to them whenever they need advice and  Mia and Enzo never disappoint!

The Feline Yogi Cat Mat was one of the items this feline yoga duo recently tested for Pussy and Pooch and they both gave it a paw up! Both are seasoned yoga practitioners so the yoga cat mat has only deepened their yoga practice. Mia likes to begin her day early in the AM for morning meditation and Ezno patiently awaits his turn on the mat so he can practice a modified version of Sphinx also known as Bhujanngasana. More yoga poses and meditation sessions continue through the day so they can stay on top of their game business wise!

Those in the Southern California area can visit to this popular destination store in Downtown LA and Long Beach and pick up a Feline Yogi Cat Mat and various other fun items for your cats and dogs alike.  And to those outside of the Southern CA area,check out their online store. Better yet come visit one of the world’s most fabulous cities and put Pussy and Pooch on  your list of must see places. Tell them Mia and Ezno sent you!

Meow and Namaste!

The Yoga Cat Mat is for today’s hip modern enlightenment seeking cat. If you would like to order The Yoga Cat Mat, please visit the Feline Yogi Store on Etsy.

 

 

 

Pippy’s Yoga Tip of the Week: Practicing Alone vs A Class

Pippy

Greetings felines and the humans who serve us!

It’s Monday and Pippy is well rested from the weekend and ready to practice Karma Yoga aka the path of service. So allow myself to serve by offering yet again some yoga insight to the humans amongst us. Pippy loves talking about yoga and never tires of it. That said, onward to the question of the week:  Pippy, is it preferable to practice yoga in a class or should I practice alone at home?

First of all Pippy does not practice yoga in a class as large groups are not to my liking. Small intimate groups where I am the center of attention are preferable but I digress… All felines practice yoga alone because we are natural yogis and know exactly what to do. Plus picture a feline yoga class for a moment. Do you really think a group of cats would do a series of sun salutations together when we could practice Shavasana otherwise known as resting pose the entire time?

Humans on the other hand can benefit from a class and the guidance of a skilled instructor. It is most unfortunate that there are no cats yet whose tutelage you can study under in a group setting so you will have to settle for a teacher of your own species. Preferably choose a human who has a feline companion or at least understands the cat’s unique contribution to yoga.

You can then take what you have learned in the classroom setting and develop a home practice to complement your group classes.  If you find it difficult then start out with once a week. Then work your way up to multiple times. Pippy practices yoga numerous times throughout each day so surely you can come up with one time out of your week to bring out your mat and do a few downward facing cat poses in the privacy of your own home!

Yes, Pippy is aware of the distractions one can find at home. Pippy personally has myriad ones such as humans yapping with each other, bad music blaring in the background, and the neighbor’s dog who like to taunt me as he walks past my window on the way to do his morning business. There are more but Pippy will not burden you with the list. The point is Pippy still manages to center herself and keep her equanimity. If I can do it with the distractions I have then so can you! And remember whether you are at home or at the yoga studio the important thing is that you practice. Gook luck and until next week…

Meow and Namsate!

Pippy

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!

 The Yoga Cat Mat is for today’s hip modern enlightenment seeking cat. If you would like to order The Yoga Cat Mat, please visit the Feline Yogi Store on Etsy.

Who’s Practicing Yoga on The Yoga Cat Mat?

Oliver chilling out on The Yoga Cat Mat

Oliver chilling out on The Yoga Cat Mat

Oliver is! That’s who!

Oliver is a very handsome black and white kitty. He loves The Yoga Cat Mat because it’s soft, plush, and comfortable. From the picture above it may look like Oliver is just sleeping but he is really perfecting the art of Shavasana aka Resting Pose.

Oliver has two very busy humans who are constantly on the go and Oliver is a very busy feline as well. Because of his busy schedule he knows that it is up to him and him alone to make sure he takes time out of each day for some “Oliver Me Time”! And what better way than chilling out on The Yoga Cat Mat.

Keep practicing yoga Oliver!  Thanks for reminding all of us humans that we should take time from our busy schedules to practice yoga and more importantly to rest and chill!

 

The Yoga Cat Mat is for today’s hip modern enlightenment seeking cat. If you would like to order The Yoga Cat Mat, please visit the Feline Yogi Store on Etsy.

Pippy’s Yoga Tip of the Week: Nix the Jewelry!

Pippy as a kitten wearing her collar and she is not amused!

Pippy as a kitten wearing her collar and she is not amused!

Humans, especially of the female persuasion often ask me “Pippy what can I do to when the pendant on my necklace falls into my mouth while I’m in Sirsasana (headstand) or the multiple bangles on my arms are clashing together like chimes and I can’t hear my yoga teacher’s instructions?”

Why are you wearing so much jewelry during your yoga practice in the first place? It’s distracting and will only hinder your goal of reaching the same level of enlightenment as the feline. Take it off. It’s really very simple. Your yoga practice will improve because you can now focus on yoga and not the jewelry store on your body. As you have probably guessed Pippy does not like jewelry and that includes collars! Allow me to elaborate further with a personal story.

As a kitten, a local cat rescue approached me with an offer to place me in a “good human home”. I had no idea a collar would be involved! It was a silly little pink thing with a bell on it. Pray tell how was Pippy supposed to align her chakras and have multiple Kundalini awakening experiences while being hindered by a collar? Further yet, how I was expected to stalk birds and other scrumptious species with a hollow instrument of cast metal alerting anything within two miles of me that I was coming its way was beyond me! Yes, I know about the principle of Ahimsa as talked about in the Yoga Sutras but that was meant for humans not us felines.

The first thing I did when I took up residence in my new home was to conjure up a plan to get that obnoxious little cloth band off my neck for good! It was easier than I thought and within 3 days the collar was history! Then lo and behold the human found it under the couch and forced me into wearing it again. I put a stop to her evil plan once and for all by removing it from my neck and hiding it in a place that will never be found. To this day, neither she nor the male human have been able to find the collar.

Why does Pippy not like collars or jewels of any kind?  Because Pippy does not like anything obstructing her physically as she meditates and practices her yoga asanas. You don’t see BKS Iyengar in Light on Yoga with a bunch of bling on his person while he demonstrates the postures do you? And are the cats in The Yoga Cat Calendar not free of body accoutrements as well? So there you have it. The story of why I refuse to wear a collar or any form of jewelry and why I tore mine off!

Until next time….

Meow and Namaste!

Pippy

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!

 The Yoga Cat Mat is for today’s hip modern enlightenment seeking cat. If you would like to order The Yoga Cat Mat, please visit the Feline Yogi Store on Etsy.

Who’s Practicing Yoga on The Yoga Cat Mat?

Neko is! That’s who!

Neko rejuvenating himself with his yoga practice!

Neko rejuvenating himself with his yoga practice!

Neko is one of the sweetest feline souls to ever walk the planet. He loves The Yoga Cat Mat because it gives him an oasis to rest, meditate, stretch, play and contemplate the universe and its vast secrets. And of course he loves getting high on the catnip that his human guardians sprinkle on the mat from time to time!

You see Neko is an older more mature feline and he as earned his right to spend his later years chilling and doing as he pleases. Neko has a chronic illness that his humans keeps under control and his yoga practice on The Yoga Cat Mat plays a big part in helping him feel centered and joyful.

Keep practicing yoga Neko and enjoy that catnip! You are an inspiration to us all!

The Yoga Cat Mat is for today’s hip modern enlightenment seeking cat. If you would like to order The Yoga Cat Mat, please visit the Feline Yogi Store on Etsy.

Pippy’s Yoga Tip of the Week: Live in the Present

Pippy practicing yoga on The Yoga Cat Mat

Pippy practicing yoga on The Yoga Cat Mat

Greetings Felines and the humans who serve us! Happy 2013! Pippy believes in long vacations (as I am European at  heart) so I have been absent for several weeks but I’m back and roaring to go! As we enter a new year I’m reminded of the possibilities for human and feline-kind alike.

People often say to me, Pippy, the world we live in today is chaotic and unpredictable. How do you cope? Well first of all Pippy thinks we are alive in an exciting time so don’t give into fear based thinking. But how do I do this Pippy? First of all you must quit trying to control things and concentrate only on the present. That’s what Pippy does and I have to say I’m rarely stressed or fearful. Yes, there is the occasional worry that I won’t get my regular place on the bed at nights due to completing with numerous other cats and that the humans will misplace the can opener thus delaying meal time. But for the most part Pippy lives in the present and I accomplish this by practicing yoga non-stop throughout the day.

Here’s the deal humans. Felines know that the past is the past and the future is the future but the present is a present! Yes the present is the greatest gift of all so indulge in it because the present is all we ever really have.

Until next time…..Get out those yoga mats and practice practice practice!

Meow and Namaste!

Pippy

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!

 The Yoga Cat Mat is for today’s hip modern enlightenment seeking cat. If you would like to order The Yoga Cat Mat, please visit the Feline Yogi Store on Etsy.