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.
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June 21st marks the first International Day of Yoga! This day of recognition was suggested by Narendra Modi, the prime minister of India, to celebrate the ancient art that begin in India. Yoga is a spiritual, mental and physical practice that can transform the mind and body of its practitioners.
Prime Minister Modi’s suggestion to create an international yoga day was part of his desire to focus on a global partnership of peace and prosperity. He cited the benefits of yoga as integral to achieving this goal. Actively practicing yoga focuses on man’s oneness with nature and embodies the unity of mind and body, restraint in thoughts and actions and achieving a balanced use of energy.
During his speech, the prime minister warned that, “we need to change our lifestyles. Energy not consumed is the cleanest energy,” We can achieve the same level of development, prosperity and well-being without necessarily going down the path of reckless consumption. It doesn’t mean that economies will suffer; it will mean that our economies will take on a different character.”
Surprised that yoga is so powerful? Then, international yoga day might be the perfect time for you to adopt a new practice that changes the character of your life. Similar to its ability to bring balance to the world, yoga can do the same on a micro level for your life. Improve flexibility, posture and strength, reduce stress and even lower your blood pressure by striking a series of yoga poses designed to harness the power of your body.
Whether you are new to the practice or a seasoned practitioner looking to ascend to the next level, Catspaw Cushions has the tools you need to reach your goal. Contact us today and start your journey on the first International Day of Yoga!
Khampiane Keodonexay (teaches Language Arts at Manning Middle School)