Sun Salutation: 2010

tortoiseshell cat stretching on windowsill
Sun Salutation.

Here is Kelly demonstrating how to balance on a windowsill that’s a little too narrow for really relaxing, though the sun and the breeze make the effort worth it.

A cat’s flexibility and ability to conform to any surface, even one that’s probably not very comfortable, never ceases to amaze me. Kelly hooks her outside front paw on the end of the windowsill, then transfers her balance to her inside hind paw, completely stretched flat while the outside paw holds her balance on the edge. It’s not just the natural engineering, but that hind leg stretched flat out behind her, and not a trace of a grimace of pain at the effort. Even at 16 (in 2010), Kelly is as light and flexible as a ballerina.

After fifteen years of yoga I’m pretty flexible, but Kelly is always the one who strolls in and helpfully moves through upward-downward cat and a full sun salutation—”Is this what you’re trying to do?”— while I’m struggling on my mat. Thanks, Kelly, a little instruction from a natural practitioner is always appreciated.

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2 thoughts on “Sun Salutation: 2010

  • July 31, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    oh my…Mom is getting all leaky eyed again…just like her much loved Tasha…not sure if you have visited my page with Dad and Mom’s “before ME’ AniFamily members, but you can see Tasha there. paw pats, Savvy

    • July 31, 2012 at 10:48 pm

      Savannah, tell your mom that I have the same reaction with other cats I see who remind me of my past ones. I didn’t know there was such a page on your site but I will definitely visit it!


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