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The Art of Yoga with Cats

Figo looks into the world of cat yoga, a great way to stretch and create an authentic and meaningful connection with your cat

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We all know how relaxing and uplifting a yoga session can be, but have you ever considered inviting your cat to the party? Practicing yoga with your cats is the latest trend that’s taken over, and we're here to tell you all about it.

Why yoga with cats?

Before we dive into the poses, let's break down why stretching with your curious copilot might be your new favorite thing.

Benefits for you:

  • Connection:

    Building a deeper bond with your cat.

  • Relaxation:

    Cats' purring vibrations can enhance your relaxation.

  • Motivation:

    A furry partner to keep you engaged and on the mat.

Benefits for your cat:

  • Exercise:

    Gentle stretching and moving can be great for your cat's health.

  • Stress reduction:

    Like humans, cats can benefit from mindfulness practices.

  • Bonding time:

    Quality time together strengthens your relationship.

Ready to stretch? Here are some fun and safe poses:

1. Cat pose:

  • Your pose:

    Start on all fours, arch your back, and drop your head down.

  • Cat’s participation:

    Let your cat wander underneath you, exploring and enjoying the connection.

2. Sphinx position:

  • Your pose:

    Lay on your stomach, prop yourself up on your elbows.

  • Cat’s participation:

    Allow your cat to rest on your back, or encourage them to mimic your pose (if they feel like it).

3. Cat's meditation circle:

  • Your pose:

    Sit cross-legged, focus on your breath.

  • Cat’s participation:

    Invite your cat to sit on your lap or beside you. Sync your breathing and enjoy a shared meditation moment.

4. Cozy cat savasana:

  • Your pose:

    Lay flat on your back, arms by your side.

  • Cat’s participation:

    Let your cat choose a spot to rest, whether on your stomach or by your side.

Cat yoga safety tips:

  • Always respect boundaries:

    If your cat isn't feeling it, don't force it.

  • Choose gentle poses:

    Avoid poses that put undue stress on your cat's body.

  • Create a calm environment:

    Soft music, dim lighting, and a quiet space set the right tone.

Wrap up:

Yoga with cats isn't just a fun trend; it's a new way to connect, unwind, and enrich your and your kitty's lives. So, grab a yoga mat and invite your cat to stretch, breathe, and chill out together. It's time to redefine wellness for both of you.

Lizz Caputo is the Manager of Content Strategy at Figo, animal enthusiast, and owner of a rescued senior American Bully. Her hobbies include checking out new restaurants in her area, boxing, and petting dogs of all shapes and sizes.

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