Cats are amazingly talented creatures! They can do some things we don’t always give them credit for, such as yoga. A few summers ago, I was blessed by meeting a woman named Paige Hodges, who has mastered the art of yoga with cats. We were roommates at the BlogPaws Conference in Las Vegas and I got to learn all about her cat Pippy and her business Feline Yogi. She is a very sweet woman with a very gracious attitude. Now, she is sharing her knowledge about yoga and how cats can serve as an inspiration in her new book, Yogi Cats.
About the Author
Paige Hodges, the author of Yogi Cats, has been practicing yoga for over 20 years. Her love of yoga (and cats) started when she was a young woman living in New York city. Now in Los Angeles, she has served on the board of the Iyengar Yoga Association of Los Angeles and owns her own business, Feline Yogi. Feline Yogi offers yoga mats for cats (they love them), cat toys, t-shirts, and bags.
Cover to Cover: Yogi Cats Book Review
Yogi Cats is the perfect book for anyone who loves cats and has an interest in practicing yoga. Each chapter explains a yoga pose in simple, easy-to-understand language with an adorable illustration of a cat demonstrating the pose. There are kitties on nearly every page! Readers are encouraged to look to their cats (who are natural yogis) for inspiration in their yoga practice and also to practice their yoga with cats!
Quotes from well-known yoga masters as well as the authors own words explain the significance of each pose and how you can use it to strengthen body, mind and soul. The book is full of words of wisdom, blessings, and encouragement. It could easily be read as a whole or in sections as you practice your yoga. At the end of the book, readers are challenged to make yoga with cats a habit by taking time to practice each day for 30 days. Even the Feline Yogi herself, Pippy, joins in with words of encouragement!
Yogi Cats by Paige Hodges can be purchased on Amazon.
My Attempt At Yoga With Cats
I would absolutely love to see Yogi Cats turned into an audio book that could be played as I was practicing the yoga poses described! As I read, I could imagine the words being spoken in a soft, calm voice. I imagined myself being in my living room with my cats, completely quiet except the sound of the serene instructor, lights dimmed down and (flameless) candles flickering. A moment where I could focus on improving myself with a little love and inspiration from my cats.
The way that Yogi Cats entwines body, mind, and spirit was very impressive to me. It is not just a book about exercise, nor is it a fluffy book of cliche “feel good” quotes. It is very empowering. As I read it, I began to think about all of the ways that I put myself down and tell myself that I’m not good enough in one way or another. This book provided a number of different logical ways that I could change that negative thinking and improve the way I see myself.
Generally speaking, yoga is not my exercise of choice. I’m a Zumba/dance/martial arts sort of girl. I’ve been a bit of a slacker on exercise for the last few months due to some medical issues. However, this book made me look at yoga in a different way. When I finished reading it, I found a beginner yoga video on Youtube and gave it a shot! It was as tough as I thought it would be, but I can see how I could really use a bit of it in my routine. Just as the book suggested, I will work on just a few poses at a time. Yoga makes for great “me” time and a way that I can work on some muscle toning without weights.
Cinco and Manna did join me for my yoga session. They cheered me on to keep going even though there were a few things I was really challenged by (I have no upper body strength). It was fun to do yoga with cats. It was very comfortable to have them there by my side.
My Yogi Cats
Cinco and Manna are great at yoga! They wanted to share some of their amazing yoga poses and relaxation techniques with all of you. They are far better at this than I am!