And what does a senior cat such as myself do when the temperatures are in the 90s, with heat indices reaching 100+ degrees Fahrenheit? Why, seek shelter, of course! My “cat cave” is upstairs, which doesn’t have any of that silly air conditioning. I so enjoy cuddling up in my dome and taking really long naps! I don’t understand, however, why my staff stand in the doorway scratching their heads. Don’t they understand?
Quotes of the Day
“Summer afternoon – summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” (Henry James)
“Ah, summer – what power you have to make us suffer and like it.” (Russell Baker)
Here I am demonstrating the Kitty’s Pose. As cats, our poses are so much more limber and showy than the humans’ poses. Of course, we have less need than humans to meditate to relieve stress, so our bodies stay lissome.
1. Forget kneeling on the floor. A “kneel” on the sofa will do.
2. Exhale and put your paws between your hind legs, stretching the hind legs far over your head.
3. Feeling your weight is unnecessary. We’re weightless when sleeping doing yoga.
4. This is a resting pose. Stay in this pose anywhere from 1 hour to 3 hours or beyond.
P.S. Thanks to the Yoga Journal for explaining this pose here. Ellie
‘Cheshire Puss,’ she began, rather timidly, as she did not at all know whether it would like the name: however, it only grinned a little wider. ‘Come, it’s pleased so far,’ thought Alice, and she went on. ‘Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?’
‘That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,’ said the Cat.
‘I don’t much care where—’ said Alice.
‘Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,’ said the Cat.
‘—so long as I get SOMEWHERE,’ Alice added as an explanation.
‘Oh, you’re sure to do that,’ said the Cat, ‘if you only walk long enough.’
(Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass) (Public domain)