Find Focus & Gain Flexibility with Felines
Popular yoga class connects people to adoptable cats at Humane Society of Harford County
Fallston, MD (September 12, 2017) – Breathe in; purr out. For the health conscious animal lover, practicing yoga with cats nearby sounds like pure bliss, but the cat yoga classes offered at the Humane Society of Harford County (HSHC) this fall serve a much bigger purpose: these cats need homes. During HSHC’s monthly cat yoga classes at its facility in Fallston, several cats that are available for adoption are free to roam throughout the room while students work through their poses with a certified instructor.
“These classes serve two distinct purposes and are a win-win for both students and cats,” says executive director, Jen Swanson. “Not only is yoga good for mental and physical health, we also hope to make matches that result in permanent homes for the cats.”
HSHC’s cat yoga classes are for adults who are at least 16 years old and will be offered on September 16, October 14, and November 18 from3:30-4:30pm for $12 per student. Participants are strongly encouraged to pre-register, as spaces quickly fill in advance. The classes are co-taught by Alisa Gellman and Bridget Strama, both registered yoga teachers with 200-hour certificates from Yoga Alliance.
HSHC is also offering a six-week series of yoga classes – minus the cats. Classes will be held on six consecutive Sunday mornings from 10-11am, beginning on September 17 through October 22. Another series of classes will be held November 12 through December 17. The cost of the 6-week series is $60. Designed for adults age 18 and over, instructor Alisa Gellman teaches poses that emphasize proper breathing and body alignment in a self-paced, noncompetitive environment. Students will learn to relax body and mind with exercises that improve flexibility, strength and coordination.
To register for any of the following classes, learn more about the instructors, and view a complete schedule, visit www.harfordshelter.org.
About the Humane Society of Harford County
The Humane Society of Harford County, Inc., is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to the welfare and well-being of the approximately 3,500 animals that come to us each year. We promote the kind treatment of homeless, stray and abandoned animals by providing shelter, care, adoptions, and community education. We are not a county agency nor are we affiliated with any national or regional organization. Your tax-deductible donations, bequests, and proceeds from events are crucial to our life-saving efforts on behalf of the animals of our community.