Downward….Cat?

I have been feeling very under the weather these past few days. The doctor told me I have a throat infection which doesn’t come as a surprise since I am “blessed” with one every couple of months it seems. Therefore, this week I chose to focus on another simple routine to improve my flexibility. I tried so hard to find a place to set up my laptop or camera in the house to record a video, but I could not figure out a place that would show all of my poses. Each way that I tried it either my upper body or lower body was cut off. So I gave up and decided to take pictures of me doing some of the poses. You can tell I am sick because you can see the roll of toilet paper in the background (ran out of kleenex), and I am wearing my baggy sweat pants.

I came across this morning yoga routine. I started to explore more videos by Tara Stiles and then I came across a great youtube channel called LiveStrong Girl. It has so many great yoga and workout routines as well as many healthy meal and snack recipes.

The yoga routine starts with a forward bend and then goes into a forward lunge like I demonstrate below.


To make it a little more difficult, I reached my arms over my head for more of a stretch.


In the video she also does a downward dog pose, which is one of my favorites. You may be wondering why my title is Downward Cat and not Downward Dog. Well as you can see in my picture below, my cat Dude decided he wanted to do yoga too!


Tara did not finish with a corpse poses in her video, but Dude decided it was a necessary way to finish the sequence off!


I have decided to stick to short videos because I do not think you have to do hours of yoga a day in order to see improvements. Short bursts of activity can be just as beneficial and in some cases more beneficial. And let’s face it, when you have a throat infection you don’t have the energy to get up and do a lot!

I have only have a few weeks left of this learning project and I can’t wait to keep sharing my progress with you!

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4 thoughts on “Downward….Cat?

  1. Dude! I love your post and your cat, too! Pets are great company when we are sick – I am glad he is looking after you (or at least making you smile!)

    Hope you feel better soon!

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  2. Hi Shelby!
    I hope you feel better soon! Throat infections are the worst – I struggle with them once every few months too.
    I melted seeing pictures of your cat. I’m such a crazy cat lady. SO cute!
    And I definitely think its important you let your body rest. There are so many poses you can do that help you relax your muscles. Whenever i’m sick i try and focus on a few of those because they really help stretch my stiff body out. And i’m with you on not having to do hours and hours of yoga! When i started to move towards more complicated poses I used to only do a half hour every few days and I managed to nail the headstand within a few weeks!

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