Yoga vs Cat Stretching Did Cats Inspire the Creation of Yoga


Cats are excellent yoga masters. They practice this ancient exercise on a daily basis. They stretch their torso, extend their arms, pull their upper body up or twist their body to achieve a level of precision that many people like us cannot compare to. [Also see Kittens Say Stretching is Hard Work]

Maybe the ancient yoga practitioners were inspired by their cats? It is highly probably since there are many shocking similarities between yoga and cat stretching poses. Check out the comparison pictures below and let me know what you think.

yoda posecute kitten yoda pose stretching cat pic
Flickr/myyogaonlineFlickr/nagillum
cute kitten yoga pose stretching cat pic
Flickr/myyogaonlineFlickr/Jezlyn26
cute kitten yoga pose stretching cat pic
Flickr/myyogaonlineFlickr/Amy Groark
cute kitten yoga pose stretching cat pic
Flickr/YoGeek MamiFlickr/play4smee
yoga posecute kitten yoga pose stretching cat pic
Flickr/myyogaonlineFlickr/sushipop

cute kitten leg lift stretching cat pic
I know this isnt yoga, thought itd be nice to include itFlickr/End of Level Boss
yoga posecute kitten yoga pose stretching cat pic
Flickr/myyogaonlineFlickr/shiilo75
cute kitten sleeping yoga pose cat pic
discovery.comFlickr/dsb nola
cute kitten yoga pose stretching cat pic
Flickr/hisashi0822
cute white fat kitten yoga pose funny cat pic
Flickr/myyogaonline

Image via gcshoda

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12 Responses to “Yoga vs Cat Stretching Did Cats Inspire the Creation of Yoga”

  1. I don't know if cats created yoga, but I do practice "catoga" with my cats every morning! Here's the story… http://www.thedailytail.com/nonfiction/catoga/

  2. Maureen Brill says:

    I had a cat that practiced Yoga. She did a lot of front stretch exercises.

  3. lovemeow says:

    That's so cute :) . My cats do that too.

  4. Jane Ennis says:

    Really lovely! Those cats must be so attuned!!

  5. Maria G says:

    I do yoga, and I get one of my cats to come supervise me closely as I practice. Then he relaxes so deeply, he ends up purring himself to sleep until I am done. It's very cool!

  6. This is ingenious. Half of my life we've had cats, so I've seen them do some crazy bending, but it never occurred to me to compare them to yoga exercises.

  7. mike says:

    thank you for this great article, I love it.

  8. whitecat says:

    I'm not sure that cats really need to do yoga. It seems to me that my cat doesn't have bones but rubber bands and slinkys instead. If she stretched, she might create so much potential energy to accidentally shoot herself through the air!

  9. Mrow says:

    This is so cute! I wish I was a flexible as my cat.

  10. Funny to see my cat being mentioned in anything to do with health! LOL Great page and thanks for showing Foo Foo all stretched out!

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