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.

Friday Feline Fun!

It’s Friday Feline Fun day! Happy Friday to feline yogis everywhere and to the humans who serve them! In the continual celebration of the magnificent species which is the cat below are a few fun feline facts plus a few links to some fun cat stories!  

Feline Facts

  • The cat has been in our homes for only 5,000 years. Compare that to the dog which was domesticated by man as a hunting partner 10,000 years ago.
  • There are approximately 220 million domestic cats in the world according to the International Federation for Animal Health Europe (IFAH). Their figures exclude strays or community cats. So just think how many cats total there are in the world!
  • The Egyptians are the first “cat nuts” on record. By 3000 B. C. they were considered sacred. They Egyptians held cats in such awe that anyone who killed or injured a cat was put to death. And if an Egyptian’s house caught fire, the house cat was saved first. Talk about a culture that held cats in high esteem and worshiped them for the deities they are!

Cat Stories you MUST Check Out!

Pippy and I love the whole idea of Japanese cat cafes. We came across a charming little travel blog this week called Sarah’s Excellent Adventures. She does a great job of giving you the skinny on what it’s like inside a Japanese Cat Cafe. And if you don’t know what a Japanese Cat Cafe is, all the more reason to check this fun post out!

Japanese Cat Culture

In the mood for some cat fashion? Are all you human yogis out there tired of the same old same old leggings and yoga tees you constantly trek around in even when not in class?  Come on! You know what I’m talking about!  Cats can now adorn our sweaters, dresses, shoes, headbands and yes probably our yoga clothes as well! Cats have been popping up on the runways and fashion spreads galore lately. Check out this article for some cat fashion inspiration!

Cat Fashion: How These Furrocious Felines Are Dominating Closets Everywhere

Now here’s one for the feline yogis! Pippy and I  found yet another charming little blog this week (gotta love Google News alerts! ) and lo and behold came across a kitty who likes yoga mats! We of course at Feline Yogi are not surprised at all. Check out little feline yogi Luna as she practices yoga with her human.

Yoga Cat & Other Obstacles

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.


 

Pippy’s Yoga Tip of the Week: Gurus? Do I Need One?

Pippy the Feline Yogini

I’m often asked “Pippy do I need a guru in order to further advance my yoga practice and seek a higher spiritual plane? Yes you do! And that guru should preferably be a cat and not one of the human persuasion. Finding enlightenment without a guru is much more difficult so do yourself a favor and seek the guidance of a feline.

Do you have a cat or kitten in your life? Great! You already have someone to apprentice under. If you don’t have a cat go to your shelter or rescue group or befriend a kitty on the street. We felines have much to offer and if you don’t have a cat in your life you are missing out on the opportunity to serve another being.

So you have your cat guru lined up? Fabulous! So what do you do now? You observe, listen, and not ask too many questions. Remember my species was revered in Ancient Egypt and we were once worshiped as Gods. We have never forgotten this and neither should you. One must not ask too many questions of a God or Goddess. Just observe and soak up our wisdom and guidance. All the rest will fall into place.

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.