Mysteries of Pet Yoga

NICK BARNETT
Last updated 09:18 15/02/2013

Please take a calm, deep in-breath and compose yourself for today's session of Pet Yoga. Without implying any disrespect for the human version of this healthful practice, I assure you it will become clear that your pet is especially gifted in its techniques.

Today's yoga-cover-cat is modestly named Normal, who in fact gives an exceptional demonstration of the Posture of the Inverted Gaze and Prayer Fists.

Normal

The same position, with tongue variation, is mastered by Toshi.

Toshi

Pepe is an exponent of the Tickle Peril posture.

pepe

Caution and practice are the keys to the advanced Bikram Hot Brick Helix technique. Fidel, as you can see, is Lord of the Wrings.

Fidel

Allie moves ever closer to the demanding Full Tail Sentinel.

Allie

Years of preparation pays off for Pedro as he accomplishes Moonlight Toe Greeting.

Pedro

With a soft out-breath, Rocky Cat returns to Dramatic Paw Mystery.

Rocky Cat

Now a moment for Marvin to ground himself with the Alarming Corpse pose, in which one eye is kept open at all times.

Martin

Oh dear, Ninja has lost focus and allowed both eyes to close. Concentration is so vital in Pet Yoga. Also breathing.

Ninja

Immaculate Length, demonstrated by Theo.

Theo

Flying Teapot, by Gary.

Gary

Belly Confidence Posture, by Baz.

Baz

Testimony of Male Fullness, by Billy.

Billy

Pillow Prayer, by Larry.

Larry

Sideways Dog I and II, by Flynn and Ben.

Flynn and Ben 1

Flynn and Ben 2

Joint Posture of the Peaceful Chase, by Owen and Beko.

Owen and Biko

Another breath, then Piccolo essays the Emo Ear Tuft pose.

Piccolo

It's not a pose - Brulee just needs a rest.

Brulee

Purina Dream, by young practitioner Merlin.

Merlin

The Penguin Posture, by Texas.

Texas

Determined Modesty, by Mouse.

Mouse

Oops, another break in concentration, this time by Simba, who was only halfway through the classic Salutation to the Sofa.

Simba

Flawed but committed form is shown by Smooch in Graceful Rising Effort.

Smooch

There's always a place for beginners. Gunner makes a first attempt at Prayerful Puppy pose.

Gunner

Advanced Pet Yoga often involves an object of focus or devotion. Here, Alfie performs Abstaining Arrow, a pose calling for great self-possession.

Alfie

Indie completes today's programme with a sincere Namaste.

India

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