Sunday, August 4, 2013

Easy Sunday: "Daily Yoga For a Happy and Healthy Cat" by Shri Swami Sattvapurrrrrananda, aka "Swami Zoe" Photography by Julianne Victoria

Happy Sunday my furiends!

I have always considered myself to be one pretty laid back kinda guy. Nothin' much rattles me. I take meds like a champ, I don't "sing" and claw on my way to the V-E-T, the "sucky monster?", fughet about it, he barely fluffs my fur! I just kinda take things in stride and go with the flow. As long as there is a bowl of food after any aggravation that life throws my way, then I'm happy!

Being a rather "zen" kitty myself, my interest was piqued when presented with the oppawtunity of reading Daily Yoga For a Happy and Healthy Cat by my furiend Shri Swami  Sattvapurrrrrananda ( hey if it's misspelled don't blame me, I'm not the typist and that is ONE mouthful! Thankfully she is also known also known as, Swami Zoe.)

I was eager to get my paws on this, after all, I'm HAPPY, HEALTHY (knock on wood, whatever that means, my Mom told me to say it!), and I am a CAT! I figured that learning Yoga would be another tool I can use to continue being the laid-back kinda mancat that I am!

On the first page of the book I read:

"If one stretches completely, one relaxes completely. Look at a cat, a master of stretching and a master of relaxation." -B.K.S. lyengar, Light on Life.

For kitties out there that might be experiencing more than their share of stress and for those like me, that are more of the laid-back type, this book is right up your alley!

It is also a book that your humans can enjoy right along with you! Have THEM get down on all fours, stretch those legs, have them show THEIR bellehs! It will be a catabulous bonding experience for both of you! That being said, I don't think my Mom could do these poses because her belleh is so big that if she gets down on the floor she may never get up, but I digress....

I suggest you light some incense, grab a sunpuddle or go to your favorite cozy spot, grab a snuggly blanket and you are all set to put some of the moves that are shown in this book into practice!


Daily Yoga For a Happy and Healthy Cat features poses that cats ALREADY are masters at and puts names to them such as:

Balasana (kitten pose)

Sphinx Asana (Sphinx pose)

Anandamarjari Asana (happy cat pose) (which is one I do all of the time)

and it tells you when and what these poses are best suited for.


From Daily Yoga For a Happy and Healthy Cat: Keeping the body clean inside and outside is an important part of living a yogic lifestyle. Regular bathing and adequate hydration and nutrition are necessary to cleanse and nourish our perfectly beautiful feline temples!

No worries! Those are things that kitties just instinctively know! This  sweet and sometimes funny handbook is one that you will want to keep close-to-your-paws when you feel you just need a little break from the outside world.  The poses in this book may be practiced in any sequence and combination and for any length of time! At first, some of the poses might appear to be hard but with practice you should be able to perform them quite easily!



Daily Yoga for a Happy and Healthy Cat is a sure way to start your "Easy Sunday" off on the right paw!


A portion of the book sales will be donated to animal rescue.

To purchase visit Createspace  here or Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Want a daily dose of Swami Zoe? Visit her blog!

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39 comments:

  1. We are a family of yoginis and love this kind of book!

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  2. she's great we found each other this week!some of these poses I might be able to do in my own bunny way being a zen kinda guy too,xx Speedy

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  3. We practice a bit of DOGA sometimes. Cool book. Have a serene Sunday and get some of the big easy in today.
    Best wishes Molly

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  4. Sounds like a great book ..... we kitties are masters of zen! We know Ku and his Mom and really enjoy their bloggy.

    From one Zen Guy to another....happy Sunday!
    Kitty Hugs, Sammy

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  5. What a great review and Cody, good pictures of you helping with the review. It sounds like a great book. We will have to save our green papers. Take care.

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  6. This sounds like a wonderful book! And you are quite the yoga kitty, Cody, for writing such an insightful review.

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  7. Swami Zoe is very cool indeed! I did try yoga once but I rolled off of the ottoman and hurt my butt!

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  8. What a cool book. We need to become more zen-like.

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  9. That sounds like a great book. We thought that cats were automatically zen.

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    1. I think they are automatically zen too...that's why Cody is just honing his skills :)

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  10. That book sounds great - but we must say that we find we can relax completely without yoga until we hear the sound fork on dish!
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

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  11. oh, we don't know if we wanna see our Mommy's belleh!

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    1. seeing your Mama's belleh would be a zillion times better than seeing MY Mama's belleh! MOL! Love, Cody

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  12. Apaws, apaws!!! Thank you for such a lovely review of my book, Cody! You're interpretation of Parsvashavasana is catabulous! Much Love and kitty kisses, Swami Zoe Me-Ommmmmm

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    1. Hi Swami Zoe!!! You are most welcome! Thank you for giving us the opportunity of reading/reviewing it! Much love and kitty kisses back at ya!!!! Cody (and Mom too!)

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    2. Love it! Please please come by my blog! Today is STAR'S BIRTH DAY!!!!!!:-)

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  13. We stretch a lot! Our human loves to stretch too! Purrs!

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  14. Oh! Wow! Me is going to has to reads this when me gets back from my tour! Me will NEED to relax then!
    Kisses
    Nellie

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  15. Stressed? I'm not stressed. Not stressed at all... *looks over shoulder for orange cat*

    Glogirly says this book just might be a good idea. Certainly not for me though.

    ; ) Katie

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  16. What a pawsome book! We wonder if there's a happy kitty hammock pose?

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    1. "happy kitty hammock pose" TOO FUNNY!!!!

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  17. Wonderful review! You are quite the Zen master Cody :)

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  18. Sounds like a VERY good book.

    And doesn't like stuff to do that just comes naturally, huh?

    Purrs,
    Nissy

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  19. What a great review! Sounds like a really good book. I am really impressed that you don't fuss on the way to the vet and that the suck monster doesn't ruffle your furs. I wish I could say the same for my three!! Can you come over and teach them how to be more zen like you?

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    1. thanks so much Julia! Nope I don't fuss on the way at all! When Mom drives, she just puts the PTU on the seat next to her. She puts on the radio and either talks or sings to me and she pets my nose at red lights lol. If Dad is driving, Mom holds the PTU on her lap and does the same thing. Sure I will come over and teach your 3 how to be more "zen" like. Love, Cody

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  20. MOL...Cody, I didn't know you can do Zen !
    Sound like a lovely book
    Pawsome review, Buddy !
    Miss you & your mom Heap :)
    xox

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    1. Yeah, I'm a "zen" kinda kitty Puddy. I have to be cause Mom is a FREAK. MOL!!
      We miss you and your Mom soooooooooooooo much!!!!
      xoxoxoxo

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  21. O mai, dis defnitleez soundz liek a Must-Read-'n-Purractice Book, Cody! (Hay, if our mommeez can haz speshul books 'n showz tellin dem how ta take betterz care uv dere purrsonalz templez, it'z onleez fair dat us catz haz sum, too! I meanz, jus LOOK at our purrrrrrrfect templez, amirite?)
    Wat a wunnerfulz find, mai furrend... 'n fank u fur sharin wif da rest uv us! :)
    xoxo, Boomie

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  22. While we kitties are naturals at yoga, we would get a great laugh watching the mom try to do it! And the mom tries to "flower" our toes. It sounds like a great book, maybe flowering toes in is there.

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  23. Once again, great review....a book we need to check out! Cody it's so awesome how zen you are! Us humans can learn a lot from cats.

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    1. thanks so much Amelia! Yeah I'm a pretty "Zen" kinda kitty! You are right, humans CAN learn A LOT from us! Love, Cody

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  24. I know a couple of cat lovin friends that do yoga. They would love this book! Is there a way a person can buy this book from Europe? Let me know!

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    1. Francesca Hi! I linked to the sites where it can be purchased, do they sell to Europe? I think Amazon might but I am not sure.

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  25. Yeah (Wilbur here), when my mom gets down on the floor to stretch, I come over and stand on her chest and give her head butts! This is a pawsome review!

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    1. Hi Wilbur! So good to see you here! I would love to see THAT pose! MOL! thanks for your kind words! Love, Cody

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  26. That looks cool, we should get the book for Neytiri, she loves doing "yogalates"!

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  27. Great book review! Mindy, here, has the sphinx pose mastered. Have a great day.

    Mindy
    Moe
    Cookie
    Mike

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