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Yoga has been known for its restorative qualities to help heal the soul. Add cats to the mix and it’s a “purrfect” match. Wild Soul Yoga Studio in Middletown, NY hosted the first ever event “Cats on the Mat”- a yoga class which combined relaxing yoga with the purrs and mews of cats. Pets Alive, Inc., a no kill animal sanctuary in Middletown, NY teamed up with the studio to bring this groundbreaking event to the local community.
“We are always looking for fresh and imaginative ideas to bring positive attention to Pets Alive, as well as creative and original ways to highlight the many adoptable pets in our care who are waiting for their forever homes and families,” said Becky Tegze, Acting Executive Director of Pets Alive, Inc.
The class was taught by Nancy Mesic, a long time cat lover who enthused, “Teaching a yoga class with cats in attendance was a dream come true.” While the class proceeded, several cats leisurely roamed the room, gracing the students as they did different yoga poses.
This was a terrific opportunity for the cats of Pets Alive to have a new experience. It gave the yoga class attendees a chance to see how nice adding a new aspect to their yoga practice would work, and the event was a win-win situation for everyone.
One attendee, Frances Barman, a long-time volunteer at Pets Alive who typically walks dogs while she’s at the sanctuary, left the class with a new appreciation for cats. “I think I’m really a cat person, I adore dogs but have always loved and had cats in my life since I was a toddler”, she said as she walked out the door. Subsequent to the class, Frances went over to the sanctuary and decided she wanted to adopt another cat to add to her feline family at home. On Wednesday, December 9, Pepper went home with Frances, a 15-year old senior cat that had been at the sanctuary for two years and is partially blind.
A happy yoga class and a cat gone home. It doesn’t get any better than that! Pets Alive and Wild Soul Yoga Studio look forward to working together on similar events in the future.
The cats who attended the class are up for adoption at Pets Alive, Inc., located at 363 Derby Rd, Middletown, NY. You can peruse their website for information about all the adoptable cats: http://www.petsalive.com/cats.php. Class schedules and information about Wild Soul Yoga Studio, located at 3 West Main Street in Middletown, NY, are available on their website: wildsoulyogastudio.com
About Pets Alive
Pets Alive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity operating solely on individual donations, receiving no funding from city or state. Their sanctuary is located at 363 Derby Road, Middletown, NY. For information, visit petsalive.org and follow them on Facebook.com/PetsAlive and Twitter.com/PetsAlive.
Wild Soul Yoga Studio, located on 3 West Main Street, Middletown, NY, was created with the intention of offering yoga, meditation and other beneficial practices to the Downtown Middletown Community and beyond. Honoring everyone’s individuality while joining together in a supportive environment. Visit them at http://wildsoulyogastudio.com/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Wild-Soul-Yoga-Studio-478323752302748/?fref=ts