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!
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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