A Crazy Cat Yoga Break

It is the week before Thanksgiving and the tradition in my house is to put up decorations. This year is a bit tricky. I have a one year old cat that I adopted in January last year. So he has never seen my decorations or this beautiful village I set up under the tree. Let’s just say he has a death wish. He has been chewing on the lights and the cords. I knew when I got him that he was already crazy, but I think he is downright nuts!

How many of you have put up your decorations already or are doing so this weekend? Do you have any crazy animal stories? In the mean time of me decorating my 9ft tree, I needed to take a break. Yoga and stretching is the best way to utilize my break time. One of the poses I prefer is ironically the pose of today. It’s stretches the whole side of the body including my sore arms from lifting the tree up. Nice full body stretches really help to relieve achy parts from yard work, lifting, and of course shoveling!

Today’s pose: Utthita Parsvakonasana- extended side angle pose- stand in Warrior II with your left leg in front, knee at a 90 degree angle over the ankle. Drop your left forearm to your left thigh and extend the right arm over the right over the ear and reach it as far to the left as you can. You should feel this pose from the outside edge of the right foot all the way to the right fingers. Look up if your neck allows. Stay here for a few breaths. Then switch sides and repeat with right leg in front.

What this pose works: triceps brachii, serratus anterior, internal oblique, gluteus medius, external oblique, quadriceps, and hamstrings.