On the spectrum of crazy cat lady and happily married, I fall somewhat in the middle. I work to build healthy habits including yoga at home, where my cat will join me on the mat. So for now, I share my home with one loving yogi cat. My life isn’t taken over by yogi cats. For meow.
THE CAT AND THE MAT
At home I have a bright green yoga mat by my bed. Sometimes my cat claims it as his scratching post and even naps on it. I don’t mind. When I use it, he curiously joins in, and walks under my downward dog. On all fours with my hips high, and head low, my view of the wall behind me becomes an upside down cat. While I wait for him to move so I do not hurt him, I wonder, what yoga poses can I nickname after cats?
PAWS FOR A MOMENT
It is fool proof that if I am working on a yogi blog post from home, my cat is in my lap. His paws stretch over my wrists, onto the track pad, like he know’s it’s a mouse. I know this is one way cats seek attention, but when he does this, I call him my editor. So what would he have to say about yoga? He doesn’t like the names.
WHAT’S IN A NAME?
Yoga poses have peculiar names. Where do they come from? Not cats. These names have intrigued me since I first began my practice. I am still learning the names for poses in both English and Sanskrit, let alone how to do them.
Picky Eater: Similar to Cat Cow. This is already named after a cat, but from the perspective of the motions of two animals. Renamed from the same motions my cat makes of standing on all fours, with his head facing down at his bowl, then lifting upward. Without the arching of his back, the picky eater is known to look up and down, and may even rotate their neck.
Trusting Belly: Also known as Savasana. Lay on your back with your eyes closed, arms and legs comfortably at your sides falling where they may (your cat’s limbs may be in the air). It is considered a sign of trust when a cat exposes their belly.
Hiding Place: Also known as Child’s Pose. At any time you feel you need to slow down during your practice, this position is considered the comfort zone, a go to pose to reset yourself. Sit on your knees with them close together touching or spread wide. Fold forward to lower your upper body over your knees or between the thighs to the mat. Keep your face parallel to the floor (it will be dark like your cat’s hiding place). Reach your arms forward or back to deepen the stretch.
Dead Pigeon: This one is a gift (If your cat brings you a dead animal it is considered a token of love). This pose provides a very deep stretch. From Downward Dog(or cat), bring your right knee to your right wrist, right ankle to left wrist ( as close and comfortably as possible). Lower your body to the ground or sit with your torso upright. Extend your arms forward along the floor. Depending on individual accommodations or how deep your rest is in this pose, your pigeon may appear merely wounded, not dead.
Face it, these names are cute and all, but when it comes down to it, my cat is far more flexible than I am. Yogi cats have moves I do not have names for.
Do you have yogi cats? What poses do you have cat nicknames for?