Chill meowt: A beginners’ guide to cat yoga

Posted by Tiger. November 26th 2015.

You’re sure to have heard of yoga. You may even have heard of Doga (yoga for dogs). But did you know one of the latest fitness crazes to grab the attention of health-conscious pet owners is cat yoga?

Taking part in traditional yoga stretching with your cat can be a relaxing experience

 

As one of the world’s most agile creatures, a cat might be the last pet you’d expect to benefit from finding the balance of body and mind that yoga offers. However, despite being independent, cats love being the centre of attention… so they’ll love the fact cat yoga totally revolves around them!

With cat yoga, you can bond and relax with your favourite feline – all you need is a yoga mat. Once your cat is on the mat it’s easy to incorporate him or her into some of the most popular yoga moves.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a complete novice or a yoga guru, there are plenty of useful resources to use and learn from on the internet.

Learn the cat yoga basics

Here at Argos Pet Insurance, we think this ‘Yoga With Cats’ video is an excellent the beginner’s guide to get you and your cat off to a purrrrfect start.

Yes, it does look a bit silly, but it’s important to approach cat yoga with a sense of humour and have some fun with it.

It’s a well-known fact that pets get stressed and that we are usually the main cause of their stress; not because we don’t care but because we don’t understand.

Doing yoga can help to calm your cat and aims to strengthen the natural bond by letting go of the concept of ownership.

Once you’ve let go of ownership and hierarchy, cat yoga enables you to observe your own attitude towards all living things and can provide great insight and a deeper understanding of yourself and your cat.

Some cats will be more willing to join in than others, so don’t force the issue – this is supposed to be some light-hearted fun with your kitty chum, not a form of punishment!

Whether your feline friend decides to participate or not, they’re sure to enjoy spending some time with you as you work out and after a few sessions you’ll both be feeling the benefits of cat yoga.

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