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

Rorschach is! That’s who!

Rorschach being "zen" on his Feline Yogi Cat Mat

Rorschach being “zen” on his Feline Yogi Cat Mat

Rorschach practicing an advanced twisting pose on his Feline Yogi Cat Mat

Rorschach practicing an advanced twisting pose on his Feline Yogi Cat Mat

Rorschach is one cool feline yogi! He loves everything and everybody including dogs! His humans say one of the highlights of his day is when the doggie next door passes his window as he sets out  for his daily walk. Rorschach also loves watching the neighborhood children walk past his window. He stands up tall on his scratching post and offers an hospitable “meow” when they stop to admire him.

Rorschach’s yoga practice is an eclectic blend of dance like movements, purring chants, and long slow stretches. Perfect alignment and technique is of no interest to him. He just does what comes naturally and more importantly, what feels good!

Not one to stress out over much, Rorschach goes with the flow on just about everything and very little bothers him. Always in the moment, Rorschch is all about peace, love, and catnip! The Feline Yogi Cat Mat is the perfect venue for him to chill out and simply practice being Rorschach!

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: Is Yoga just for Hippies?

Pippy the Hippie hanging with her Human Hippie

Pippy the Hippie hanging with her Human Hippie

Greetings Felines and the humans who serve us!

I, Pippy, your humble feline yogini is at your service once again this week to answer your yoga inquiries. This week’s question is as follows:  “Pippy, is yoga just for hippies? I would like to take up yoga but will I need to become a hippie to do so? I work a corporate job and I don’t know if tie-dye shirts, super long hair, and smoking weed all day long will go over well at the finance firm that employs me.”

Pippy does not mean to sound harsh but as you know Pippy always tells it like it is!  You my dear human friend need to run to a yoga class and fast! You seem to think that yoga is about presenting a certain type of image and carrying around a purple bong. Perhaps you think the yoga studio will force you to sign a contract that says you must grow your hair down to your tushie and take up residence at Haight-Ashbury?

To answer your question, no you do not have to be a hippie to practice yoga but yoga will help you develop the hippie spirit. Besides the world needs more hippies especially in the corporate world! A hippie is not negative, far from it!

Do you think Pippy is a hippie? The answer may surprise you. Let’s first define “hippie”. Dictionary.com defines hippie as : a person, especially of the late 1960s, who rejected established institutions and values and sought spontaneity, direct personal relations expressing love, and expanded consciousness, often expressed externally in the wearing of casual, folksy clothing and of beads, headbands, used garments, etc.

Pippy was not born in the late 60s nor do I wear casual, folksy clothing, beads, or headbands. Pippy does go barefoot however. So, is Pippy a hippie? Yes, because Pippy is all about love and expanded consciousness and in Pippy’s mind that’s what a hippie is. There is nothing to fear about being a hippie. Being a hippie is a mindset. Hippies believe in peace, love, and freedom, speaking out against violence and embracing others for who they are. And Pippy likes the word “hippie” as it rhymes with “Pippy!

Until next week my human friends! Keep practicing yoga and embracing that hippie spirit!

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!

If you have a question for Pippy, please contact her at Pippy at Feline Yogi dot com.

 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?

Allegra is! That’s who!

Allegra practicing Downward Facing Cat Pose

Allegra practicing Downward Facing Cat Pose

Allegra is on a mission! She’s had enough of Adho Mukha Svanasana, one of the most widely recognized yoga poses in the world, being referred to as Downward Facing Dog!  Nothing against dogs, but Allegra says it’s obvious this asana was most definitely inspired by a feline and it’s time they get credit for it!

To further make her case, Allegra is posing on her new Feline Yogi Yoga Cat Mat to show us exactly how this pose is done. Just look at Allegra’s perfect form as she practices this rejuvenating stretch. She pushes her femurs back, lifts her hip bones towards the ceiling, and stretches her hind paws down toward the floor. The outer part of her front legs are perfectly extended as she presses the bases of her front paw pads actively into the floor creating a beautiful spine stretch that human yogis can only dream of!

Allegra and her fellow feline yogini companion Ruby both love practicing on the The Yoga Cat Mat. In addition to being busy little yoginis, they both assist their human with running the award winning blog The Conscious Cat.  Their site features expert advice and information about feline health, nutrition and  lifestyle as well as their very own columns: Allegra’s World and Ruby’s Reflections.

Thanks to the grassroots efforts of activist felines like Allegra, one day yoga teachers around the world will refer to this pose by what it should have been called all along-Downward Facing Cat Pose!

Photo ©Ingrid King, used with permission

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: Will Yoga make me Content?

Pippy centering herself on the Feline Yogi Cat Mat before she begins her yoga practice

Pippy centering herself on the Feline Yogi Cat Mat before she begins her yoga practice

Greetings felines and the humans who serve us!

As you know, I, Pippy, usually post my yoga advice column on Mondays but Pippy was busy yesterday. I was observing President’s Day and paying my respects to all those fabulous felines who have served at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Pippy often fantasizes of what it would be like to serve as First Cat but I do not think my humans are on track for such an endeavor. Oh well! Maybe in Pippy’s next lifetime!

For now, Pippy is content to be a Master Feline Yogini and fulfill her dharma of guiding humans on their yoga path to enlightenment. Today’s question is as follows: Pippy, will yoga make me more content in my life? Although I have a nice life, I often find myself wanting more money, a better job, increased status, more apps on my smart phone, etc…

Pippy is thrilled to elaborate on this question. The answer is YES! A committed yoga practice can make you more content and Pippy is living proof of it! Was I just not mentioning above that Pippy would like to serve as First Cat? Pippy would love to be the feline leader of the free world and hosts elaborate parties with scrumptious buffets for her and her fellow feline counterparts. PIppy however is aware that being First Cat of the United States may not be on the agenda for this incarnation. So I practice being content living in a non-trendy (although safe) section of West Los Angeles with humans who are addicted to watching Law & Order re-runs.

Yoga places you in the moment and when you are in the moment you do not fixate on wanting more so therefore you are more content. Yes, when you get “off the mat and into the world”  you may have challenges but the more yoga you practice the better equipped you will be to handle any discontents.

Do you have a cat in your life? If so, spend lots of time watching how the feline you live with is always in the moment and does not spend time wanting more and changing things beyond their control. If you aren’t owned by a cat, please visit your local animal shelter, rescue group, or be-friend a homeless kitty on the street. Your life will be much richer and you will be content! Content! Like Pippy!

Until next week…. Keep practicing yoga and learning from the felines you are so lucky to know.

Meow and Namaste!

Love,

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!

If you have a question for Pippy, please contact her at Pippy at Feline Yogi dot com.

 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.

 

First Cats of the United States

Socks The First Cat giving a White House briefing

Socks The First Cat giving a White House briefing

 

In honor of President’s Day in the U.S., Pippy and I thought it would be fun to honor some of the cats who have resided in the White House. And although Feline Yogi is a big fan of the current First Dog, Bo, we do hope that our list will encourage President Obama and his family to take in a cat or two! We’ll even send a Feline Yogi Cat Mat as a gift!

  • Tabby: Tabby was the very first First Cat of the United States of America! His human was President Abraham Lincoln’s son Tad. Lincoln agreed to bring Tabby to the White house as a result of his son’s request. Lincoln loved cats so much that he rescued three half frozen kittens during his tenure and brought them back to the White House.
  • Siam , Miss Pussy, and Piccolomini: President Rutherford B Hayes was the human of these lovely felines. Siam was the first Siamese to reach the United States in 1878. She was a gift from the American Consul in Bangkok, Thailand, to President Rutherford’s wife Lucy.
  • Slippers and Tom Quartz: These two house kitties human was President Theodore Roosevelt. Slippers was a gray, six-toed cat who would frequently fall asleep in the hallway, resulting in guests at official state banquets having to make their way around her so as not to disturb her slumber. Tom Quartz was named after the cat in Roughing It by Mark Twain.
  • Smokey, Blackie, Timmy and Tiger: President Calvin Coolidge was their human. Tiger liked to be carried around the White House by wrapping himself around the President’s neck, and Timmy allowed Coolidge’s canary to sleep between his paws!
  • Puffins: This feline’s human was President Woodrow Wilson. There’s not much information about Puffins but we can only imagine that he or she must have been rather puffy!
  • Tom Kitten: His human was Caroline Kennedy, daughter of President John F. Kennedy. Due to the President’s allergies, Tom Kitten’s stay at the White House was not very long so he took up residence in a new home. Such an esteemed feline was he that there was an obituary notice by the press when he passed in 1962.
  • Shan: This feline’s human was Susan Ford, daughter of President Gerald Ford. Shan was a beautiful Siamese cat.
  • Misty Malarky Ying Yang: This cat with the fun intriguing name was a Siamese. Her human companion was President Jimmy Carter’s daughter, Amy Carter.
  • Socks: Socks received more press than any other cat ever to live in the White House. Even a book was written about this kitty whose humans were President Bill Clinton’s family. Socks was the first cat to live in the White House since Amy Carter’s cat.
  • India “Willie”: His humans are President George W. Bush and family. A beautiful black, cat, he had been a beloved member of the Bush family for many years even before he moved into the White House.

President William McKinley and President Ronald Reagan were also owned by several cats but the cats did not move into the White House with them. Not being interested in the politics of Washington D.C., the cats chose instead to stay behind in their humans’ homes. They would reunite with them on holidays and of course after their terms were completed.

Happy President’s Day! We honor all the U.S. Presidents today for their service and those special cats who served as well!

Meow and Namaste!

Pippy and Paige

 

 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?

Hunter is! That’s who!

Hunter practicing his affirmations on the Feline Yogi Cat Mat

Hunter is a feline of the Maine Coon persuasion who prefers a more low-key yoga practice. Fancy poses or contortions do not interest him although he does have very open hips! Ananda yoga is more his style. According to Wikipedia“Ananda yoga emphasizes inner awareness; energy control; and the experience of each asana as a natural expression of a higher state of consciousness, which is enhanced by the use of affirmations.”

Some of Hunter’s favorite affirmations are:

  • My humans provide me with plenty of yummy food several times a day.
  • I am the perfect size and I’m grateful for all my fluffy fur.
  • I am smart enough, I weigh enough,and doggonit my humans love me!

Hunter craves enlightenment, relaxation, and harmony. Slow, easy poses and quiet meditation help him achieve his ideal feline state.  He’s not one to stress about things beyond his control and lives every moment to the fullest.

However, just because Hunter prefers a less physical yoga practice does not mean that he can’t move fast if need be! His humans report that the mere sound of a can opener being removed from the kitchen drawer is enough to send him running through the house like a lightening bolt traveling at the speed of light!

Hunter is a true Zen Yogi and The Yoga Cat Mat is an asset to his yoga practice!

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: Barefeet vs. Shoes

Pippy hanging out in her bare paws!

Pippy hanging out in her bare paws!

Greetings felines and the humans who serve us! It’s Monday and once again, I Pippy, your humble feline yogini is here to guide you on your yogic path to seek enlightenment.

Today I answer the following question: Pippy why must one do yoga barefoot? I have a new very cute pair of workout shoes and hate that I can’t wear them to my yoga studio. The short answer is because cats do not wear shoes when we practice yoga so therefore neither should you! But Pippy not wishing to sound snooty and dismissive of your question will elaborate further.

One uses their entire body when practicing the yoga asanas. The paws and feet are no exception as many poses require us to bend, flex, arch, and spread. I don’t know about you but I can’t imagine performing such movements if my paws were stuck in a workout shoe no matter how stylish! In addition, having bare feet and paws keep us grounded to the earth and remind us to put aside attachments that are not essential.

Once again this is why felines are such superior yogis. Whether practicing yoga, chasing spirits throughout the house, or  running when we hear the sound of the can opener, we never wear anything on our paws no matter how cute the shoe or mitten might be. Pippy doesn’t like shoes anyway, especially my human’s boots. They make way too much noise as she clomps around on the hardwood floor. I often swat at her boots and she thinks it’s cute. When she’s not wearing them she hides them in a place in her closet that is not accessible to me. She has no idea that if I ever get a hold of them I will destroy them with the claws on my paws. The bare claws on my paws that is!

Until next week… Keep practicing yoga and keep observing the cats around you! They are your best teachers!

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!

If you have a question for Pippy, please contact her at Pippy at Feline Yogi dot com.

 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?

Kiki taking a break from her yoga practice to pose for the camera

Kiki taking a break from her yoga practice to pose for the camera

Kiki is! That’s who!

Kiki’s human recently bought her a Feline Yogi Cat Mat and she adores it! Kiki is a shy kitty by nature but her yoga practice is helping her blossom and develop her leadership skills. The Feline Yogi Cat Mat is providing her a safe and comfortable place to explore her inner feline self and find a fearlessness in herself that she never knew existed.

Kiki is also trying to drop a few ounces so she incorporates some of the more vigorous poses into her practice. She loves doing standing poses and then winding down with some calming forward bends.

Because of her yoga practice, Kiki reports that she now lives life with greater awareness and stays grounded through all of life’s challenges. What advice would Kiki give us humans who want the same? Keep practicing yoga says Kiki and all will fall into place!

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: Yoga and Weight Loss

Pippy- Lean, Trim, & Enlightened!

Pippy- Lean, Trim, & Enlightened!

 

Greetings felines and the humans who serve us! Pippy hopes everyone had a joyous weekend and that the team you were rooting for won the Super Bowl. I, Pippy, did not have a whole lot invested in who won but I did enjoy the game and especially the commercials. And from witnessing the festivities around me, the humans I hung out with yesterday certainly enjoyed the food as there was plenty to be had!

The topic of food segways us into the question your humble yoga guru will be addressing today:  Pippy will yoga help me lose weight? I want to look good for my class reunion in May. First of all, let Pippy say that she knows almost every human and their brother is trying to take off a few pounds. The truth  is you humans eat too much and then you come to yoga gurus such as me, Pippy, and expect to hear us say “Oh yes, just do a  few sun salutations each day and stand on your head for 30 seconds and the pounds will come falling off. And you can eat whatever you like to boot! Sorry to disappoint but not so!

You can always count on Pippy to tell you like it is so listen up. Yoga can assist in losing weight because a committed practice can assist you in making healthier choices. However, if you are doing yoga solely to lessen your waistline then you have missed the point. Weight loss is a byproduct of practicing yoga. Yes, yoga can assist in making the scale go down but if you continue to stuff yourselves with enough food each day to feed a small army then no amount of yoga is going to help you. If the fast food drive through attendant knows you by name then maybe you need to rethink your diet.

Yoga is not the latest Beverly Hills fad diet that promises you will drop 10 pounds in four days. Yoga is not a quick fix, it is a process. It’s a journey. Weight loss is a journey as well.   So keep practicing humans! That’s what Pippy does and as you can see from my picture above I am lean, trim, and enlightened!

Until next week….

Meow and Namaste!

Pippy

Your Humble Feline Yogini Guru

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!

If you have a question for Pippy, please contact her at Pippy at Feline Yogi dot com.

 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.

Practicing Yoga Off the Mat-One Cat at a Time!

The Kitties in the Hodges Household waiting to be fed

The Kitties in the Hodges household hanging out in the kitchen waiting to be fed

As much as I adore this magnificent species, let’s be honest feline lovers, cats can be rather challenging to live with at times. That unexpected swat during what you thought was a peaceful petting session, or waking you up at 3 a.m. for a snack can severely test your equanimity. Since my karma in this life is to live in captivity by beautiful little felines, my yoga practice keeps me grounded and patient thus fulfilling my dharma of giving excellent service to those of the feline persuasion with nary a complaint.

The cats I live with and interact with on a daily basis keep me on my toes and there is never a shortage of episodes to practice yoga off the mat! Like the other day for example. After a 90 minute yoga class which included some intense backbends, I arrived home feeling rested and calm. Was I able to continue that relaxed Zen feeling? The prospects did not look good.

The community kitties outdoors were ready for their early evening feeding and were staring at me intently through the glass door.  The indoor felines would barely let me take off my shoes and put down my things before they were circling my feet and daring me to ignore them. Suddenly everyone became rather chatty and I could not hear myself think over the chorus of Meows!

It was 4:00 p.m. and there was an hour to go before feeding time. What to do? Should I make them wait until the scheduled time? They all looked so cute and saying no to cats is not one of my stronger points. Should I give in and feed them I asked myself. So what ended up happening? I of course gave in but you knew that without me even having to tell you!  And remember I wanted to keep that relaxed Zen feeling. I would have hated for that hour and half I spent on the yoga mat to have been all for naught!

 Meow and Namaste!

Paige

 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.