Yoga with Melissa 123 Ganesh Series: Ganesh’s Cat and the Teachings of Interconnection

by Melissa West on


One day, as a child, Ganesh amused himself by tormenting his pet cat, pulling on her tail, rolling her up and down. After a few minutes of amusing himself, he left the cat and went away. He didn’t give too much thought to what he had done to the cat and went to meet his mother, Parvarti. Ganesh was surprised to find to find Parvarti suffering badly in the dust with many wounds. When he asked his mother what had happened, Parvarti responded that Ganesh was responsible for her bruises and scrapes. You see, all is one and Parvarti is indeed the cat that was tormented by Ganesh. The story teaches us of the interconnection of all living beings. If we injure any living being we injure every living being.

In this class we will focus on the one of the primary teachings of yoga, the interconnection between all things, or in other words, the philosophy that all is one. Starting in our own bodies we will experience the connection between the layers of our koshas from physical, breath, emotional, mental and spiritual bodies. The chakras also point to the connections between our physical bodies and our day to day interactions and existence.

Physically we will of course explore cat pose in its many manifestations in this class. This video will focus on spinal flexibility through flexion, extension, lateral flexion and extension and rotation. We will also experiment with moving our spine in cat like motions in postures such as nataranjasana/dancer and lunge pose.

Props Needed: None

Yoga Postures/Asanas: Cat pose or marjaryasana , thread the needle or Sucirandhrasana, downward facing dog or Adho mukha śvānāsana , squat or Mālāsana , square lunge or, upward-facing dog or Ūrdhva mukha śvānāsana , child’s pose or balasana , palm tree pose or talasana ,, Lord of the Dance Pose or Natarajasana. Inverted cat pose, seated twists and

“The infinite vibratory levels, The dimensions of interconnectedness are without end.There is nothing independent. All beings and things are residents in your awareness.” – Alex Grey

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