A small group of individuals sat on yoga mats, every with a small pile of cat treats in entrance of them. Around the room, a handful of cats, some outgoing and others extra shy, skulked across the room.
As teacher Jacquie Wuertz spoke, calling out yoga poses, meowing might be heard all through the room.
For many, yoga is a time to loosen up and focus, however for these on the cat yoga class on the Humane Society of Carroll County, Saturday’s class had a number of furry, however welcomed, distractions.
Susan Miller, of Taneytown, helped get the courses on the Humane Society began. Miller, who volunteers there, stated they started holding the cat yoga courses within the fall, and most of them have been very full. Saturday’s class bought out in a pair hours, she stated.
The courses often value round $12, and cash goes towards the shelter.
“The money goes to the humane society — it all goes toward spaying and neutering the cats,” Miller stated.
Miller stated she obtained the thought from taking a goat yoga class.
“I was just thinking this would be so much fun to do with kittens,” she stated, however in wanting round, didn’t see any close by, and so determined to get them getting in Carroll.
Wuertz, of Urbana, works for Sol Yoga and stated this was her third time educating the cat yoga class in Carroll’s humane society.
She stated individuals really feel good coming to the occasion as a result of the cash goes again to the shelter and helps the animals.
And, she stated, it’s an opportunity to attempt yoga and a much less intense setting, all whereas getting to play with the cats.
“It’s just a different feeling and vibe,” she added.
Cat yoga isn’t the one animal-involved yoga gaining reputation today. Around the state and nation, there’s been goat yoga, pet yoga and extra. Carroll County hasn’t been ignored of the craze — this previous summer time, Lil Holler Farm, a family farm at 3950 Bixler Church Road in Westminster, began holding outdoor yoga classes featuring baby pygmy goats.
For some on Saturday, the humane society’s class was a primary for them, however for a lot of, it gained’t be their final animal-involved yoga class.
Ashley Wilson, of Westminster, stated Saturday’s class was extra enjoyable as a result of they acquired to be across the cats. Wilson stated she’s heard about goat yoga courses on-line, and so when she noticed the chance for a cat yoga class, she needed to attempt it.
“I think it was a lot of fun,” she stated.
Rebecca Bange, of Resiterstown, stated she would do that sort of class once more, and stated coaxing some of the shyer cats out by the top of the category was one thing she actually loved.
“Snuggling with Jasmine was my favorite part,” she stated of the cat who cuddled on her mat.