♪ Let’s twist again, like we did last summer…♪
Oh, hello there! Welcome back to RolyFit!! We hope you have enjoyed stretching with me, RolyFit Certified Instructor-Top Cat Level and Founder of RolyFit – Roly Poly himself! As this is our last class, I wanted to share my favorite posture with you: The Roly Twist!
Similar to Twist & Kick, Roly Twist is a supine posture. This is a great posture to do any time of day, whether it be before siesta, after siesta, or any time of day. My all-time favorite time to do the Roly Twist was when Mommy and Daddy would come home from work, stressed out. I simply rolled into Roly Twist and they would laugh- every time! Yes, it’s that much fun to do as well as to watch! Mommy always said it was her favorite stretch. In fact- Roly Twist was an incentive for her to look into a safe (and Christian) alternative to yoga, and she got certified in WholyFit! How awesome is THAT??
The basics: Roly Twist is a supine spinal twist with a kick and a change-up: It is, simply put- Roll & Twist! (Aw, come on! You’ve got to love the word play there!)
Let’s get started!
As with all RolyFit stretches, start out slow! First- choose your location; it can be the floor or on a softer surface like a bed or a couch- but keep in mind that you will need plenty of room to roll around. Slowly lay down and roll over on your back. Breathe deeply! Next, slowly twist your front legs to the left, simultaneously twisting your rear legs to the right. Feel that stretch! But that’s not it! There’s sooooo much more! Leaving your front legs in position, slowly bring your rear legs to the center. Keep that balance! Finally- the change-up: Slowly twist your front legs to the right, and your rear legs to the left! Don’t forget to BREATHE and SMILE! That’s it- the Roly Twist!
Wasn’t that fun?
NOTE: Floors and beds will allow you more room to twist and roll from side-to-side; this is especially preferred for beginners. Obviously, a bed is more comfy- but just make sure to get too close to the edge, or you will twist and roll right off! Safety first! We only recommend doing Roly Twist on a couch if you are an experienced RolyFitter. While having the security of a corner may be good for you- think about how much more you can stretch on a great big bed!
I cannot sign off without adding this from my kitty heart: It is so sad to see so many memes about cats and dogs on top of their humans while they are doing yoga. These poor humans just don’t get it. We 4-legged friends are NOT joining in; we are trying to get them to STOP PRACTICING YOGA. And don’t even get me started on goat yoga. Seriously? I mean, who doesn’t love a cute little goat – but… No. Just… NO!
The bottom line is that stretching is a necessity for felines and humans alike. But let’s face it- felines have got the edge – and most of us felines instinctively know how to stretch safely. I loved it when Mommy started doing a much safer stretching program- WholyFit. you may recall that was why I started the kitty version, RolyFit.
Anyway- getting back on track here- I just want to thank you so much for joining me in my RolyFit over this past year. I hope it has been as fun for you as it has for me. Now, it is up to you to stretch. Do your homework. Adopt a cat! Don’t forget to SMILE- it’s an important part of RolyFit! And by all means- keep on stretching safely!
Blessings to All and Many Meowy Thanks,
RolyFit Certified Instructor-Top Cat Level
Founder of RolyFit