The Yoga Cat Tail Dance

Pippy’s Yoga Column provides yoga tips and insights for humans and felines alike.  If you have a question, comment or topic you would like Pippy to address, please contact her at:  Pippy at Feline Yogi dot com.

Pippy posing on her Yoga Cat Mat

Pippy posing on her Yoga Cat Mat

Greetings Felines and the humans who serve us! Pippy had a wonderful Easter Sunday lounging in the window observing the birds in the garden. I hope your weekend was restful as well. The following question was recently sent to me and is as follows: Pippy I recently read something about humans and something called yoga dancing. What is this and do felines “yoga dance” as well? 

I, Pippy, your humble feline guru is happy to broaden your horizons by expanding on this fun filled subject. Yoga dancing is spontaneous ecstatic free-form movement through yoga. One begins with some simple yoga poses. Then you gradually start to dance and set your body free while moving to the beat of music from all over the world. At the end of the session, you practice relaxation pose just as you would in any other yoga class.

Pippy thinks yoga dancing is an excellent way for uptight humans to let themselves go and more importantly it allows them to distance themselves from their smart phones for a while! It’s hard to constantly be checking your phone when you are  liberating your mind, body, and spirit with fast wild expressive dance moves!

Felines also do a version of yoga dancing that Pippy likes to call The Yoga Cat Tail Dance. Our tails are fascinating and tempting to chase and it can be frustrating when we have difficulty catching them. This dance is a zen exercise in making peace with our tails as is an affirmation from one of Pippy’s favorite books  Meditations for Cats Who Do Too Much: Today I will try really hard to remember that the tail that looks so tempting is my own, and I have already caught it! “

Below Pippy shares a short 90 second video of my feline companion and housemate Rorschach practicing The Yoga Cat Tail Dance. Enjoy!

Until next week….

Meow and Namaste!

Love,

Pippy

 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?

Roxy is! That’s who!

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

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

Roxy is a stunningly gorgeous girl kitty who keeps herself in shape physically and spiritually with her yoga practice. She and her older brother Rigby who was last weeks Featured Feline Yogi own the human who was the winner of Catsparella’s Feline Yogi Cat Mat giveaway a few weeks back.

You may remember that Rigby’s style was fairly low key and subdued. Roxy is the polar opposite and prefers a more active yoga practice full of challenging poses. Her practice is mediation in motion. The more she moves, the more enlightened she becomes!

The sisal rope and catnip stuffed twine ball are the perfect props to assist her as she practices a series of flowing postures with rhythmic breathing for an intense body-mind workout. After her yoga practice, Roxy likes to sit and contemplate the secrets of the universe! What are those secrets those of us of the human persuasion might ask?  Roxy says you would have to be a cat to understand! 🙂

Meow and Namaste Roxy!

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.

 

Why Cats Are Natural Yogis

Pippy’s Yoga Column provides yoga tips and insights for humans and felines alike.  If you have a question, comment or topic you would like Pippy to address, please contact her at:   Pippy at Feline Yogi dot com.

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Pippy-The Feline Yogini gracing us with her presence!

Greetings Felines and the humans who serve us!

Pippy has a busy week ahead of her. The Feline Yogi Cat mat collection is expanding and some new colors are going to be offered soon. I have a big job ahead of me managing my human so that these new colors get to market right away!  Plus the humans’ appointment with their tax preparer is Friday so can imagine the fun Pippy has had watching them try to get their acts together for that while at the same time keeping the female human on track for the new colors I’m offering.

Today’s question that Pippy will be answering is as follow: “Pippy, why are cats such natural yogis and we humans have to work so dang hard at it?”

Pippy hears you! It’s not fair is it? But what can you mere humans do? Felines come out of the womb enlightened and all knowing of the secrets of the universe and you humans just stagger along pitifully trying to figure it all out! However, the good news is Pippy is going to share with you the characteristics that make us felines such natural yogis and so “yoga like”! Although you will never be as enlightened as a cat, you can at least make an effort to emulate us as much as possible.

  • Cats are flexible-Enough said so Pippy doesn’t have to elaborate much on this point. Our spines are super flexible and all that enlightening energy moves through us quite effortlessly.
  • Cats are always in the moment-We don’t worry about the past or the future because we focus on the gift of the present. Felines take it one day at a time and we trust that our needs will be met, mostly by you humans! 🙂
  • Cats don’t compare ourselves to others-Each feline knows we are special and perfect just they way we are. This includes how we look and the homes we live in. We know that beauty and wealth comes in all different forms and we don’t all have to look and have the same things.
  • Cats are fearless-We have no qualms about trying out a new pose and will contort ourselves in any direction if it’s fun and feels good. We do not hesitate to crawl into small spaces like underneath the sofa or a house guest’s lap especially if they are allergic. We are not hesitant to explore the tops of kitchen cabinets, computer keyboards while in use, any type of box or sink. We are not shy when it comes to finding out what’s it’s like to hang from the living room drapes.
  • Cats can sit and meditate for hours without moving-Even though we look still and content (and we are!) we are always aware of our surroundings. Just open or even just think about opening a cupboard where there may be some food for us and we will come running!
  • Cats have presence-It is said that when a great yogi walks into the room their presence commands attention. Their energy can pick you up, make you feel at ease, and you automatically gravitate towards wanting to spend time with them. Since cats are great yogis, whoever said this most obviously was talking about a cat!

Until next week….

Meow and Namaste!

Love,

Pippy

 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?

Rigby is! That’s who!

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Rigby perfecting Resting Pose on his Feline Yogi Cat Mat

Rigby’s human was the winner of Catsparella’s Feline Yogi Cat Mat giveaway a few weeks back. Rigby and his feline housemate Roxy (who will be featured next week) were thrilled!  They are both serious about their yoga and the Feline Yogi Cat Mat is a great enhancement to their practices.

Rigby has perfected the art of resting pose but there’s more going on than you may think!  While practicing this most important asana, Rigby is doing quite a bit of inner work and self reflection. For him, resting pose is process of self discovery.  It’s an opportunity to reclaim his inner kitten and get a firm grasp on what it means to be a modern feline in today’s fast paced world.

Rigby knows he belongs to a superior species and it’s up to felines like him to be an example of enlightenment to humans everywhere. The Feline Yogi Cat Mat gives him a safe place to center himself and concentrate on this important mission. So you see, Rigby is more than just a vision of loveliness for us humans to adore, he is a spiritual warrior!

 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.

 

Overall Health Benefits of Yoga-Feline Style

Pippy’s Yoga Column provides yoga tips and insights for humans and felines alike.  If you have a question, comment or topic you would like Pippy to address, please contact her at:   Pippy at Feline Yogi dot com.

Pippy taking time to stop and enjoy the flowers!

Pippy taking time to stop and enjoy the flowers!

Greetings felines and the humans who serve us. Pippy welcomes you to the beginning of the human cultural work week by wishing you a Happy Monday! I think the felines will agree with me when I say I have never understood the human need to name chunks of time with seven words that repeat themselves over and over but then Pippy (thank God) is not human!

Speaking of humans, a human writes to Pippy this week with the following question: Pippy can you share with me some of the overall health benefits that you have reaped from  your yoga practice? I am thinking of starting a yoga practice and need some motivation.

Pippy is in great health due to my ongoing yoga practice and more than happy to share the benefits I have reaped.

  • SOUND SLEEP: Pippy sleeps very soundly and never has trouble doing so. While sleeping I have vivid vibrant dreams. I often dream I am a cat in Ancient Egypt and humans everywhere are falling at my feet singing my praises and chanting the following: Pippy, Pippy, Pippy-You are a beautiful feline Goddess and we adore and worship you!
  • EXCELLENT HEARING SKILLS: Pippy can be in a deep deep slumber on the other side of the house far far away from the kitchen but I can hear a can opener coming out of the kitchen drawer practically before it happens!
  • CRAVES HEALTHY FOOD:  Pippy’s high protein diet  keeps me healthy and strong. I do admit that I occasionally steal the pita bread and tortilla chips off the kitchen cabinet when the humans aren’t looking. I even got into the butter this past weekend. The female human was not amused but I thought it was really funny and yummy!
  • LESS STRESS: As a young kitten Pippy had an epiphany while deep into downward facing cat pose.  I suddenly realized there was no need to ever stress out about any of my needs being met because that’s what humans are for! And they are so good at it and must enjoy it otherwise they would take steps to stop, don’t  you think?
  • IMPROVED CONCENTRATION: Pippy can concentrate one one object for hours on end. For example, I often sit close to the at the refrigerator and stare intently because sooner or later one of the humans will open it and I will then demand a yummy treat!

Until next week….

Meow and Namaste!

Love,

Pippy

 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?

Ni is! That’s who!

Kitten Ni taking a well deserved break after a very vigorous yoga session

Kitten Ni taking a well deserved break after a very vigorous yoga session

Kitten Ni practicing a side stretch meditative pose

Kitten Ni practicing a side stretch meditative pose

Ni is just a kitten but she’s already practicing a very vigorous form of yoga. So vigorous that according to Ni’s human, who is none other than Cat Lady Royalty Ms. Sarah Donner, Kitten Ni could barely stay awake for the camera!

You see Ni had been practicing a variety of complex poses to warm up for her photo shoot. By the time her human got the camera out, Ni was winding down into a very low key meditative side stretch.  Suddenly Ni was deep into a meditative feline blissful state (aka downward facing zzz’s pose) and there was no way Ms. Donner could awaken her for something as superficial as a photo shoot!

Kitten Ni’s mantra is “Take life one pose at a time!” We expect great things from Kitten Ni and her yoga practice on her Feline Yogi Cat Mat will help her get there! Meow and Namaste Ni!

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: Affirmations for Kitty and You

Pippy The Feline Yogini

Pippy The Feline Yogini

Greetings felines and the humans who serve us!

I, Pippy, your humble Feline Yogini is back this week to answer your yogic questions and offer assistance to those humans seeking enlightenment. The question  this week is as follows: “Pippy, do you do affirmations during yoga practice and meditation and if so would you mind sharing some of them?”

Yes, Pippy is a big fan of affirmations and believes humans can benefit from them as well. Below I share some affirmations that my humans and I practice together. I suggest you work on these with the felines in your life. Feel free to slightly modify or edit any of them to fit your particular situations but do take extra precaution as to not alter the integrity of the original meaning.

Affirmation for Kitty: Today’s meals will be served on time and will include my favorite flavors.
Affirmation for Human: I will serve all meals on time today (and possibly even earlier) to the felines in my care and will go out of my way to serve them their favorite flavors even if it means opening several different cans of food.

Affirmation for Kitty: I have stellar hunting skills.
Affirmation for Human: I have stellar can opening and poop scooping skills.

Affirmation for Kitty: My humans do not control me. I control them!
Affirmation for Human: I am content and at peace knowing that the felines who own me are in control and I’m happy to serve and cater to their every need.

Affirmation for Kitty: In my next life I will once again be a cat and in the life after that and after that and after that….
Affirmation for Human: In my next life I will come back as a human once again and serve even more cats and in the life after that and after that and after that….

Affirmation for Kitty: What ever happens happens. Let the humans worry about it.
Affirmation for Human: I am responsible for making sure the felines in my life have no worries or concerns.

Affirmation for Kitty: I am worthy of the best in life and I demand that I receive such.
Affirmation for Human: The felines I serve are worthy of the best in life even if I go broke trying to provide.

Pippy trusts these affirmations will improve both your yoga practice and the cats who have allowed you to share their lives with them!

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!

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?

Wubbikins is! That’s who!

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Wubbikins practicing a side stretching pose!

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Wubbikins centering herself before a round of sun salutations.

Wubbikins is right at home on the Feline Yogi Yoga Cat Mat. Watching this beautiful young feline lady practice her yoga poses makes one wonder why Yoga Journal doesn’t feature feline yogis on their covers instead of humans.  And the day they do Wubbikins should be at the top of their list!

It wasn’t that long ago the Wubbikins was all alone in a window well with no signs of a mother cat anywhere.  Thanks goodness someone heard her down there and called the Animal Rescue League of Boston for help.  Her foster home which eventually became her forever home got this little feline yogi back up on her paws and she has blossomed into the yogi she was meant to be.

Wubbikin’s preferred place to practice yoga is in her human mom’s office. While her human is hard at work, Wubbikins busies herself with a full range of yoga asanas, breathing exercises, and of course that most important pose of all-resting pose.

Her humans tell us that even as a kitten Wubbikins showed signs of advanced feline enlightenment. Her mantra was and continues to be “Keep Calm and Wubbikins on!” What a great mantra for feline and human alike, huh? We of course would expect nothing less from such an accomplished feline yogi as Wubbikins!

 Photography by Amelia Hughes.  All Rights Reserved.

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: Can you do Yoga with Music?

Pippy waiting for her favorite CD  to start to play

Pippy waiting for her favorite CD to start to play

Greetings Felines and the humans who serve us!

Pippy had a wonderful relaxing weekend and trusts you did too! Pippy loves her weekends because my weekdays are full to the brim managing Feline Yogi and making sure my human doesn’t mess up any of the cat mats! In addition to serving as CEO of Feline Yogi, one of Pippy’s major responsibilities is quality control and I take it very seriously. It would be unacceptable for any cat to receive a faulty mat. Not on Pippy’s watch!!

Let’s delve right in to the question of week. Pippy, what do you think about practicing yoga while listening to music? I sometimes get bored while doing yoga and wonder if I should add some music such as rock,hip hop, or rap? 

First of all Pippy has a question and then I will address practicing yoga while doing music. What’s with you humans and your constant desire for distraction? Whether it’s checking your email and FB accounts constantly on your smart phones, texting a bunch of gibberish, or having the big screen t.v. constantly blaring in the background with your 24 hour news stations, you humans will do practically anything to avoid being with yourselves!  Now Pippy will now end her rant, compose herself, and try her best to be of service by answering the question at hand.

Pippy is not against music while practicing the asanas. As a matter of fact, I, Pippy, sometimes listen to music as well while doing yoga. Some nice Indian or classical music can help one center themselves and go deeper inside. Some of Pippy’s favorite Cd’s to listen to while practicing yoga are Ravi Shankar and The Yoga Rhythms CD by Shiva Rea.

However, your question leads Pippy to believe that you are more interested in attending a Woodstock type event than practicing yoga. The music you listen to should enhance your yoga practice and guide you on your inner journey. Make no mistake, Pippy is fond of rap, rock, and hip hop but these types of music are not the best choice for quieting your mind and exploring your inner self. If you want to listen to these types of music then attend a rock concert or invite your friends over for a music party.

If you must have background noise while practicing, another great idea is to enlist the help of a feline to provide you with some beautiful purr chanting while you practice your poses! There are few sounds in the universe that are as calming and soothing as the music of the a cat’s purr! Purr!Purr!Purr!

Until next week do what Pippy does! Keep practicing your yoga and fully experience being who you are without having to divert your attention away from the present moment!

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.