Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Cat yoga

Many poses in yoga are inspired by animals - downward-facing dog, cat pose and so on. So you would think my feline friend, Missy, would have some appreciation of the forms and poses.

But no.

I do yoga occasionally and even more occasionally I practise in my living room at home (which is only just big enough). When I do this there is bound to be something involving lying parts of my body on the floor. Invariably, when I get to these horizontal positions, an inquisitive little moggy face appears at my side.

First she just sort of pads at my outstretched limbs. She might sniff it a little bit, maybe give it a little lick. But then she decides that this limb is a game/threat and wraps her little legs around it and attacks, trying to disembowel me with all her might.

This is really quite distracting when you are trying to remember to breath in as you move your arms up but out when they come down and to the side while removing tension from the rest of your body... sound at all familiar? I always find it a little entertaining that yoga teachers tell you to do something which is wholly unnatural and entirely weird and then tell you to think about your breathing? I'm just trying desperately not to fall over on my bum.

Or, perhaps even more embarassingly, fart audibly. Someone did that near the end of a silent yoga class recently. She laughed it off and apologised. I think I would die inside. I'd also be scared it would set off a whole string of other wind-related things. None of which should be scared with a calm, relaxing yoga class.

Moving back to Missy, I must confess to being a little jealous of her. Her downward-facing dog is so much better than mine and that thing where she lifts her leg up stretching like a tiny chimney to the ceiling, that's just really impressive. I suppose her joints just work a little differently.

Must go now, Lost is on and I don't want to miss bad boy Sawyer. Mmmmm


Blogger Tabby Rabbit said...

Hello - nice blog (will link when I fathom how). Can never make my mind up about yoga: I never seemed to get past the 'bloody hell I can't breathe, balance and think about the next move as we go into the crane position' - and so find it deeply irritating. May need to try it again to remind myelf...

PS Agree about Sawyer. Jack's such a goody two-shoes, pah.

8/12/05 12:55 am  
Blogger mig bardsley said...

I must have told you about the pose whos innocuous indain sounding name translates as something like "release of the winds". It works. there was a positive gale, followed by hysteria all through the Yoga lot mustn't be so polite :) (At yoga classes that is...other times I have no objection to politeness)

8/12/05 11:31 am  
Blogger frangelita said...

I'm good at the flexible stuff so I bask in glory while she goes on about my loose back. Then I fall over and she tells me I'm not strong enough.
Pah to Jack indeed - v boring. Give me Sawyer any day. He's so bad.

wyefot - why not?

8/12/05 8:37 pm  
Blogger Twaddle said...

Hello! Sawyer is nice but I actually prefer Sayid - he's my hero!

14/12/05 2:55 pm  
Blogger Twaddle said...

Oh and as for yoga, it just doesn't work for me. Whenever I try I just end up laughing myself stupid!

14/12/05 2:57 pm  

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