Let your cat inspire you to do yoga

Cats are the true yoga masters. The way they move and stretch, how they can be playful one minute and totally relaxed the next—they are extraordinary to watch!

Courtesy: Masako Miyakawa

Inspired by the movements of her own feline friend Taku, author and yogi Masako Miyakawa has created Yoga with Cats [Nippan IPS; Nov. 21, 2017; $14.95 US; $19.95 CAN; Paperback; ISBN 9784865050998] featuring simple, cat-like yoga stretches and poses. Yoga with Cats is a lighthearted yet illuminating take on a traditional yoga practice. 

Originally from Japan, Masako Miyakawa moved to New York City in 1991, where she has taught vinyasa, yin, restorative and aerial yoga since 2004. She also leads teacher trainings in the U.S. and Japan. 

Diane Ako

Peace of mind By Diane Ako I like to reflect on life. Sometimes it’s philosophically. Sometimes it’s humorously. For all its beauty, life is far too difficult a journey to take alone. You need the support and connection with others to help carry you along the way. Writing brings me that connection– within and without. It clarifies my thoughts and feelings. It helps me reach out to others for advice, wisdom, or feedback. Your thoughts become your actions. Your actions become you. A wise yogi- Patanjali- said, “Speak what is true. Speak what is pleasant.” Let’s speak of things pleasant to one another and seek some peace of mind along the way. ABOUT Diane Ako joined Hawaii: In Real Life in October 2016. She likes being part of a community of local bloggers – people who like writing and sharing, like she does. Ako is an anchor/ reporter at Island News (KITV4 – ABC) in Honolulu. She previously anchored and reported at KHON2 (FOX) and KHNL (NBC), and at stations in California, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania, In between news jobs, in 2017, she launched and ran her own p.r. company, Diane Ako PR. From 2010-2014, she headed the public relations department at Halekulani Corporation, which oversees luxury resort Halekulani and boutique hotel Waikiki Parc. She’s been blogging since 2009 – before Hawaii: IRL, she wrote for The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, the state’s largest daily newspaper, where her stories garnered a dozen journalism awards and an Emmy nomination. Ako has a BA in Communications from Menlo College and an MA in Political Science from University of Hawaii at Manoa. One day, she might figure out how to put that master’s degree to use.

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