About the story of Catspaw

Catspaw Story

Once upon a time there lived a griffin. Like the long line of her ancestors, she was of the earth and sky – part eagle and lion, and she too was a guardian of treasures.

This particular griffin had traditional eagle talons, but under one of the talons, there was a lion’s paw. And so this griffin was called Catspaw. She was flexible, strong and agile because of the many movements she and all creatures do naturally. We humans call these movements Yoga.As the years passed, she noticed it was becoming harder to move in her usual, natural way, and also to keep her body aligned and comfortable while her mind focused on other things. And thus Catspaw began seeking the guidance of masters of mindfulness throughout the land. Yet even while practicing their lessons, she felt she needed some kind of structural support. “A pillow,” she thought. “A cushion would be an ideal enhancement for practicing my lessons.”

And so she began to search the land for a craftsman able to create a beautiful, supportive pillow for her exercises. Soon she found a skilled seamstress with the most amazing fabrics from far and wide. Together, Catspaw and the seamstress worked together to create a cushion using natural seed shells that fit Catspaw’s body perfectly, and yet was also a joy to look at. With her new cushion, Catspaw was able to continue and even broaden her palette of movements in ways she hadn’t thought possible. So inspired, she dedicated herself to teaching others the movements and non-movements of mindfulness.

Soon Catspaw decided to share her idea for an inspirational cushion with all others who were following her spiritual path. And thus was born Catspaw Cushions.

Lis Griffin, E-RYT, owner and teacher at Catspaw Productions where she is director at Catspaw Cushions. Griffin has been practicing yoga for over 19 years and been teaching yoga for 9 years.  She is a Certified Structural Yoga Teacher and teaches Structural Yoga™.

Structural Yoga  seeks to adapt yoga to fit your body’s abilities. It is yoga adapted to your body – not everyone else’s – and seeks to align your body within its limits. Structural Yoga also emphasizes Vinyasa (the practice of flowing transition between poses), breath work, and developing strength through asanas (poses). 

Come practice Yoga in our peaceful, renovated turn-of-the century barn, that was once part of a beet farm in rural Wheat Ridge, CO. You’ll feel stronger, flexible and more energetic as you navigate your busy life. We offer on-going regular classes, private and semi-private (2 people) sessions, yoga parties, and yoga at the office. To find out more please visit our Yoga Schedule page.

I continue to expand my yoga knowledge by attending workshops, classes with local, national and international teachers.  Yoga is very grounding for me.  As I have gotten older, and busier with a wider variety of tasks, my practice keeps me centered.  Before focusing my time and energy on teaching yoga, I worked as a photographer at newspapers and exhibited art shows at galleries.