On International Yoga Day, try to be more like a cat!

Daisy discusses International Yoga Day

The United Nations has declared that June 21 will be the International Day of Yoga. You might wonder what that has to do with cats. Well, cats are known for having exceptional flexibility and balance, and “cat yoga” is part of the reason!

Have you ever watched a cat stretch, arch her back, or twist in seemingly impossible positions to groom a hard-to-reach spot? All examples of cat yoga. Even when we scratch on our scratching post or other things, part of the reason is to stretch our back and shoulder muscles (as well as sharpening our claws, and scent-marking). Stretching feels good!

Cats are naturally flexible

This is Harley. Even though he’s pretty good at cat yoga, he has decided to try some more traditional yoga poses, under my direction of course. Here he is doing a Vishnu asana. I can tell that Harley is trying his very best, on account of how his tongue is poked out in concentration. That part is optional.

The great thing is that anyone can do yoga, regardless of age or fitness level. So, on International Yoga Day tomorrow, set aside a few moments to try some yoga yourself. Hopefully, you will notice benefits like increased flexibility and strength, and it might even help you relax and focus better, too. Namaste!

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  1. We cats are yoga experts – that’s because we do the poses every day! I do Downward Facing Cat at least a few times every day, and of course, Shavasana a whole lot too.

  2. Shavasana is my favorite, also!!!

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