Morning yoga is my perfect way to start the day. I usually practice for less than half an hour, but feel the enormous benefits all day long. My flexibility has grown, I breathe easier, and I even feel taller! Maybe I am taller — I should measure myself. Wouldn’t that be cool? Heck yes.

I can’t say I’m a solo-yoga girl, because I do have partners in my practice — usually two of them. The problem is they don’t bring their own mats so they completely hog mine. Also, they have way better flexibility than I do, and they don’t even have to try. Jealous!

I’m sure by now you can guess I’m referring to my cats. My bright purple yoga mat is a cat magnet to Phoebe and Cosmo. They’ve spent so much time on it that they’ve developed their very own cat-style poses. Here are seven of them.

1. Resting loaf pose

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Cats have perfected the loaf pose. The manner in which they tuck their legs and wrap their tails is nothing short of ohm-mazing. When my cats are in full resting loaf pose, their faces radiate pure peace. Sometimes they’re so relaxed that their snouts slowly drop to the mat. This is called resting loaf with downward-facing snout. From my point of view, it’s the most entertaining one. I’m sure you’ll agree.

2. Cold shoulder pose

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We’re no strangers to cats who ignore us, but who knew that kind of cold shoulder could be a type of asana? They don’t even require a mat to demonstrate this pose — I see it all day long. Leave it to cats to turn anything into art, even a brush-off.

3. Downward-facing tongue pose

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A kitty’s perfect limberness allows him to stretch his little pink tongue all the way down to his little pink bum. This pose is known for its form and practicality, and usually comes with slurp-tastic sound effects. Yum.

4. Resting loaf with twist pose

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This one is a “twist” on the resting loaf pose. Best viewed from above, the cat slightly twists his body while moving into the loaf. This pose is not recommended to cats who have full stomachs, as it could adversely affect digestion. You don’t want to adversely affect a cat’s digestion — do you? I didn’t think so. Thankfully, my yoga mat is easily cleaned.

5.  Tidy tail-wrap pose

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Cats have a knack for wrapping that sweet tail around those tidy little feet. And we all thought it was just a simple cat thing! Nope — it’s yoga. Cool, huh?

6. T-Rex arm-bend pose

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When a cat pulls her front legs into a tight curl, she’s demonstrating what’s called a T-Rex arm bend pose. This is most often seen when a kitty is lying on her side, and the bend can have various levels of curling. My general observation is the tighter the curl, the cuter the pose. Obviously.

7. Lazy side-plank legs pose

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Anyone who practices yoga knows that planks can be challenging, but side planks can be extra trying. You have to have some nice arm, leg, and core strength to make this one happen. This is why I haven’t tried it yet. Ha ha, I’ll get there. Until then, I think I’ll follow my cat’s example with the lazy side-plank pose. I can certainly lie on my side and allow my legs to leisurely dangle. This is my go-to pose while I’m watching TV, so I’m already ahead of the game. Oh, and I’m available for personal instruction!

Do your cats strike poses on your yoga mat? Tell us about them in the comments!

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About the Author: Angie Bailey is an eternal optimist with an adoration of all things silly. Loves pre-adolescent boy humor, puns, making up parody songs, thinking about cats doing people things and The Smiths. Writes Catladyland, a cat humor blog, Texts from Mittens (originated right here on Catster) and authored whiskerslist: the kitty classifieds, a silly book about cats wheeling and dealing online. Partner in a production company and writes and acts in comedy web series that features sketches and mockumentaries. Mother to two humans and three cats, all of which want her to make them food.