In the beginning of December, I held a class at Breathe Yoga and Wellness Center to help out local cats from Animal Allies Florida. I had gotten the idea from different articles I had seen online and thought it would be a great way to raise money for a local shelter, and hopefully find homes for the cats for the holiday season.
Petting a cat is known to lower stress by calming your nerves.
The cats helped to keep the practice playful and lighthearted. Students would pause their practice to give a kitty some love, or figure out how to still give the fur balls attention while in their yoga poses. I couldn’t help but get distracted by their cuteness as well and would pause to snuggle or play with the cats while teaching.
A cat’s purr can lower your blood pressure, help with breathing difficulties, and also has other healing effects on the human body such as the healing of muscles, tendons, and ligament injuries.
Cats are able to heal because their purrs fluctuate between 20-140 Hz, a frequency range which has been proven to be medically therapeutic.
At the end of class, during Savasana, two of the kitties went around the class to bump their noses against student’s toes and foreheads, giving them little kitty kisses in their final resting pose.
It was a challenging class for me to teach because I was so distracted by the kittens biting my toes and needing snuggles, but it was something I 100% want to do again.
We raised over $500 for Animal Allies Florida, two of the cats from the class were adopted, and the organization got four more volunteer prospects!
Did you make it to my Kitten Around Yoga Class? If so what was your favorite part? Were you one of the lucky ones to get Savasana love from the cats?