Saving with Soul, Symmetry Integrative Health partner for kitten yoga in Fort Walton Beach
Like yoga? Like kittens? Then the Saving with Soul animal rescue organization has an event for you.
Saving with Soul is teaming up with Symmetry Integrative Health, a local massage, yoga and wellness center, for Kitten Yoga for a Cause.
Volunteers from the rescue will be bringing about 40 kittens to Symmetry in Fort Walton Beach to participate in two yoga classes, scheduled for 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
“I’m very excited to do this,” said Symmetry owner and yoga instructor Christie Morgan, who will be leading the classes. “I’m very much a cat person. I have four cats and they’re all from a rescue (group).”
Morgan said hosting an event that features animals also is in line with the center’s goal.
“We do yoga and meditation to help calm the mind,” said Morgan. “Being around pets is a good way to calm the nervous system and stave off depression.”
Morgan said she will be tailoring the class to incorporate the tiny felines, including renaming some of the traditional yoga poses like “downward dog.”
The event is both a fundraiser for Saving with Soul, with $20 of the $25 fee going directly to the rescue, and also an adoption event. Sheila Levo, vice president and director of operations for Saving with Soul, said the 40 kittens will be available for adoption, but depending on vaccination status, some might not be able to go home that day with their new parents.
For those just interested in the kitties, Saving with Soul also will be holding a Kitten Palooza Adoption Event from 2:45-4:30 p.m. at the same location.
While this is the first time for kitten yoga, Levo said the organization has partnered with other businesses in the past for similar events.
“It helps us with getting recognition; it helps us with getting animals adopted,” she said. “This is part of what keeps the rescue afloat.”
But Levo notes that Saturday’s event is particularly appealing.
“It’s a good way to cuddle with kittens,” said Levo. “And pretend you’re doing yoga.”
Want to go?
Spots are still available for the 3:30 p.m. yoga session on Saturday. Cost is $25 per person. Symmetry Integrative Health is located at 430 NE Racetrack Road, Fort Walton Beach. To register visit the Facebook page: Kitten Yoga for a Cause SECOND SESSION.