This 10 minute Jala Namaskar Cat Stance Free Yoga Tutorial will help you practice the Subscriber Only Podcast “Thanksgiving Slow Flow.”
The Jala Namaskar was something I learned from yoga-lebrity Shiva Rea. Jala means Water in Sanskrit, so the movements are meant to be flowing and graceful. Don’t worry if it doesn’t turn out that way – just do your best!
Cat Stance is from martial arts, and is a stance that masters balance and movement simultaneously:
However, as with all traditional Karate stances out there, the true mastery of nekoashi-dachi [cat stance] lies not so much in visual minutiae (like the fact that the back foot should be rotated 30 degrees outward according to the JKF [Japan Karate-do Federation]), but more in the internal machinery of the “stance”.To put it briefly; it’s all about your center of gravity. More specifically, your control over it. Contrary to popular belief, the real value of nekoashi-dachi lies in its preceeding and subsequent transition – not its static execution or posing. (http://www.karatebyjesse.com/improve-neko-dachi-cat-stance-guide/)