Pippy Practicing Sphinx Pose
I’m often asked the question “Pippy when should I practice yoga? Is there a particular time of the day that is preferable?” My advice is to schedule your yoga practice at the time that works best for you. I personally prefer different poses at different times throughout the day. I realize most of you humans are busy with that thing you call “work” and various other distractions but if I can find time to incorporate poses into my busy schedule then so can you!
Below is a typical day of “Pippy Yoga” to inspire and motivate you.
In the wee wee hours of the morning, usually around 4am, I practice a version of running sun salutation vinyasas. I race 8-9 times through the living room, kitchen, computer room, and then finally into the bedroom where I leap over the sleeping humans.
PARTNER YOGA POSES:
Rorschach and/or Hunter (two of the other felines who live with me) and I enjoy partner yoga at the foot of the human’s bed anywhere between 4:30-5:30am. In the middle of our practice the humans start getting all in a tizzy and yell at us to calm down but we keep right on going. Nothing interferes with my yoga practice! Plus we are doing them a service by helping them get up since we will all need to break our morning fast very very soon.
After I eat and have a full belly I practice Shavasana aka resting pose. As a matter of fact I practice this pose quite a bit during the day even when my belly is empty.
When the humans are up and about during the day I practice Sphinx pose which is sometimes referred to by Westerners as Bhujanngasana. Depending on my mood, I pretend I am an Egyptian desert statue of a hybrid creature or a Greek demon with a tail and wings. This pose centers me and gives my humans a chance to admire my beauty and skill.
I practice variations of twists throughout the day. You might mistake me for sleeping but nothing could be further from the truth. I am actually restoring my spine’s natural range of motion and detoxing my inner organs.
To calm my mind and wind down from a busy day I utilize the pillows on the humans’ bed right about the time they are getting ready to retire around 11am.
Throughout the day I practice mediation several times. I fixate my glance at the birds outside the window. Oh, they would make a yummy treat but the human won’t let me out so I can try and catch them!
Until next week….
Meow and Namaste!
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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