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  • 32 Reasons Cats Are Born Yoga Masters

  • Cats are on a direct path to enlightenment with their yoga skills, and we have the proof. Namaste, feline friends.
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  • We tend to think that the term "downward dog" was a misnomer. As it turns out cats, not dogs, are the true yoga masters of the animal kingdom. Need proof? As these 32 photos show, felines' inner peace, superb flexibility, and endless patience make them natural-born yogis. 1. They are naturally limber and bendy. [caption id="attachment_119607" align="alignnone" width="493"]CREDIT: <a href=catmoji.com" width="493" height="369" class="size-large wp-image-119607" /> CREDIT: catmoji.com[/caption] 2. They're great inhalers and exhalers (minus the fishy kitty breathe). [caption id="attachment_119636" align="alignnone" width="493"]CREDIT: <a href=pinterest.com" width="493" height="607" class="wp-image-119636" /> CREDIT: pinterest.com[/caption] 3. They begin practicing their poses at a young age. This little guy is moving into a beautiful half shoulder stand. [caption id="attachment_119639" align="alignnone" width="480"]CREDIT: <a href=pinterest.com" width="480" height="366" class="size-full wp-image-119639" /> CREDIT: pinterest.com[/caption] 4. They make a forward fold look easy as hell. [caption id="attachment_119632" align="alignnone" width="493"]CREDIT: <a href=pinterest.com" width="493" height="493" class="size-large wp-image-119632" /> CREDIT: pinterest.com[/caption] 5. While one might think they're just taking a bath, cats in this position are simply fine tuning their seated angle pose. [caption id="attachment_119637" align="alignnone" width="493"]CREDIT: <a href=pinterest.com" width="493" height="493" class="size-large wp-image-119637" /> CREDIT: pinterest.com[/caption] 6. They take naps in bow position. [caption id="attachment_119613" align="alignnone" width="493"]CREDIT: <a href=fitgirlcode.com" width="493" height="740" class="wp-image-119613" /> CREDIT: fitgirlcode.com[/caption] 7. They know how to fully relax. [caption id="attachment_119635" align="alignnone" width="493"]c21a16d9441bc9795a0d29d972d32cfc CREDIT: pinterest.com[/caption] 8. They can twist themselves into a beautiful standing forward pose. [caption id="attachment_119631" align="alignnone" width="493"]CREDIT: <a href=yogadork.com/" width="493" height="403" class="wp-image-119631" /> CREDIT: yogadork.com/[/caption] 9. A horizontal cat pose. [caption id="attachment_119638" align="alignnone" width="493"]CREDIT: <a href=pinterest.com" width="493" height="352" class="size-large wp-image-119638" /> CREDIT: pinterest.com[/caption] 10. And are masters of the "leg high". [caption id="attachment_119612" align="alignnone" width="493"]fitgirlcode.com fitgirlcode.com[/caption] 11. Their focus during meditation is unparallelled. [caption id="attachment_119629" align="alignnone" width="493"]CREDIT: <a href=pinterest.com" width="493" height="452" class="wp-image-119629" /> CREDIT: pinterest.com[/caption] 12. Flexibility is key. [caption id="attachment_119611" align="alignnone" width="493"]CREDIT: <a href=fitgirlcode.com" width="493" height="369" class="size-large wp-image-119611" /> CREDIT: fitgirlcode.com[/caption] 13. And stretching is a must. [caption id="attachment_119633" align="alignnone" width="493"]CREDIT: <a href=pinterest.com" width="493" height="493" class="size-large wp-image-119633" /> CREDIT: pinterest.com[/caption] 14. Knee circles are almost too easy for them. [caption id="attachment_119628" align="alignnone" width="493"]CREDIT: <a href=pinterest.com" width="493" height="670" class="size-large wp-image-119628" /> CREDIT: pinterest.com[/caption] 15. And they totally own downward dog. [caption id="attachment_119610" align="alignnone" width="493"]CREDIT: <a href=tumblr.com" width="493" height="346" class="size-large wp-image-119610" /> CREDIT: tumblr.com[/caption] 16. Their sun salutations are the best around. [caption id="attachment_119627" align="alignnone" width="493"]CREDIT: <a href=pinterest.com" width="493" height="742" class="wp-image-119627" /> CREDIT: pinterest.com[/caption] 17. The tricky apanasana hold is a breeze for them. [caption id="attachment_119615" align="alignnone" width="493"]cat111 CREDIT: fitgirlcode.com[/caption] 18. Sink forward bend is achieved by six months old. [caption id="attachment_119634" align="alignnone" width="493"]CREDIT: <a href=pinterest.com" width="493" height="369" class="size-large wp-image-119634" /> CREDIT: pinterest.com[/caption] 19. Plough position is kitten's play. [caption id="attachment_119626" align="alignnone" width="493"]CREDIT: <a href=encorepetfood.co.uk/" width="493" height="563" class="size-large wp-image-119626" /> CREDIT: encorepetfood.co.uk/[/caption] 20. And hidden warrior pose is a favorite among American shorthairs. [caption id="attachment_119614" align="alignnone" width="493"]cat5 CREDIT: fitgirlcode.com[/caption] 21. Their modified side angle is key to their stretching routine. [caption id="attachment_119623" align="alignnone" width="493"]CREDIT: <a href=findlaytwp.org" width="493" height="546" class="wp-image-119623" /> CREDIT: findlaytwp.org[/caption] 22. They turn the table pose on its head. [caption id="attachment_119630" align="alignnone" width="493"]CREDIT: <a href=pinterest.com" width="493" height="904" class="wp-image-119630" /> CREDIT: pinterest.com[/caption] 23. Felines take on the caterpillar pose with the ease of a breakdancer. [caption id="attachment_119616" align="alignnone" width="493"]cat6 CREDIT: fitgirlcode.com[/caption] 24. And own locust posture. [caption id="attachment_119622" align="alignnone" width="480"]CREDIT: <a href=content.simonscat.com" width="480" height="359" class="size-full wp-image-119622" /> CREDIT: content.simonscat.com[/caption] 25. They always know to end with a good savasana. [caption id="attachment_119617" align="alignnone" width="493"]cat9 CREDIT: fitgirlcode.com[/caption] 26. And they can easily bend over and touch their toes. [caption id="attachment_119625" align="alignnone" width="493"]CREDIT: <a href=c2.staticflickr.com" width="493" height="323" class="size-large wp-image-119625" /> CREDIT: c2.staticflickr.com[/caption] 27. Their half twists should be an Olympic sport. [caption id="attachment_119618" align="alignnone" width="493"]cat8 CREDIT: fitgirlcode.com[/caption] 28. And child's pose is an absolute fave. [caption id="attachment_119621" align="alignnone" width="493"]CREDIT: <a href=consciouscat.net" width="493" height="369" class="size-large wp-image-119621" /> CREDIT: consciouscat.net[/caption] 29. They enjoy seated angle pose when watching television. [caption id="attachment_119619" align="alignnone" width="493"]buddha cat CREDIT: fitgirlcode.com[/caption] 30. And make great work out buddies. [caption id="attachment_119609" align="alignnone" width="493"]CREDIT: <a href=indul.ccio.co" width="493" height="333" class="size-large wp-image-119609" /> CREDIT: indul.ccio.co[/caption] 31. They can even stand in for weights if needed. [caption id="attachment_119624" align="alignnone" width="493"]CREDIT: <a href=editorial.designtaxi.com" width="493" height="308" class="size-large wp-image-119624" /> CREDIT: editorial.designtaxi.com[/caption] 32. The truth behind all of this yoga stretching and strength training is part of their master plan to become amazing kickboxers and dominate any dog that comes their way. Go #TeamCat! [caption id="attachment_119620" align="alignnone" width="493"] CREDIT: h2.vibeflog.com[/caption] And steal their beds... gif-cat-dog-bed-823150 Which cat yoga pose is your favorite? Comment below! This article originally appeared as on Spry Living
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