In an effort to draw greater awareness to the rescue cats available for adoption, a growing number of pet shelters in the U.S. are now offering yoga classes with kitties. The classes are available in Des Moines, Iowa, New York City, Mobile, Alabama, San Francisco and other towns and cities, and are expected to grow in numbers as this feline-tastic trend catches on.
One place where this is really popular is the Good Mews Shelter in the Atlanta suburb of Marietta, Georgia, which is home to about 100 rescue cats housed in a cage-free environment. Yoga aficionados get to bend and stretch amidst the felines, while their class fee is donated to the shelter.
Long-time shelter volunteer and certified yoga instructor Lisa Bass teaches the classes. She presented the idea to shelter director Lisa Johns, who thought it would be a great way to promote the kitties available for adoption while also raising funds for their care, and providing yoga lovers with a uniquely fun experience.
The classes are offered thrice monthly. In the three months since the classes started, they have become so wildly popular with the downward facing dog set that they sell out every time.
As a long-time yoga fan, I can attest to its many physical and mental health benefits. As my cats often join me when I practice at home, they can be distracting. But that’s the fun part, and I think this is a meow-velous idea that I hope other cat shelters get on board with.