Check out Molly Snyder from OnMilwaukee as she covers our Kitten Yoga classes!
Na-meow-ste: Kitten yoga is a thing
“This program represents a marriage of two very important parts of self: animal compassion and its role in human wellness,” says Cable.
Cable says kittens’ flexibility and ability to live in the moment provides an excellent example of the yoga lifestyle in practice. “Being around kittens creates a mood enhancement effect that truly adds to the practice. Kitten engagement helps the participant stay focused on the joy and process of the practice of yoga, thereby supporting a flexible spirit within.”
Exposure to vibrational frequencies have been shown to increase bone density, and stimulate the healing of bone fractures, Cable says. Creative Care & Wellness Center also offers a “sound healing treatment room” and uses similar frequencies to reduce stress and enhance mood.
“This helped to spark the idea for adding the vibrational frequencies of kitty purrs into a yoga class,” says Cable.
But are they ever a distraction to the yoga class attendees? Of course, they’re kittens!
“Kittens have been known to grab rumps, nibble toes and occasionally hog the mat, but everyone is stimulated and entertained by the interaction, which seems to actually enhance the experience,” says Cable. “The kittens distract in a healthy way, by encouraging dialogue and community. This is not your average yoga class where only the teacher is talking.”
For more information on kitten yoga, go here. (The classes aren’t offered every Wednesday, rather according to the availability of kitten litters.) Classes are $15 each and require advance online registration due to their popularity. A percentage of all proceeds is donated to the participating rescue organization providing the kittens for that session.