Library features yoga with felines


Courtesy DeKalb Public Library

By Ginger Simons

For those looking to relax with some feline companions, “Yoga For the Body Mind & Feline” event will turn unwanted stress into a more positive cat-itude. The event is sponsored by Tails Humane Society, a 100 percent donor-funded enterprise dedicated to finding fitting homes for animals in need of loving families.

The event will take place from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. July 12 at the DeKalb Public Library, 309 Oak St. The event is free and open to all ages; interested participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat. Cats will be provided at the event.

“The cats run around while everybody is doing yoga,” said volunteer Colleen Rittmeyer. “A lot of the time, the cats end up on top of people or under people and it’s really cute.”

Starting as a one-off event that gained immediate traction from yoga lovers and cat lovers alike, “Cat Yoga” is now held four times a year, with sessions on September 20 and December 6. The yoga session is held by local instructor Angelina McNeela, who brings a cat-themed twist to the instruction.

In addition to a yoga session where participants can do their best cat pose surrounded by furry friends, there will also be information on how to adopt a cat from Tails. All cats present at the yoga session are in need of loving homes, and Rittmeyer said at least three cats have been adopted as a direct result of their Cat Yoga events in the past.

“We do this as an outreach event to raise awareness for the animals we have available for adoption,” Rittmeyer said. “I bring some volunteer information because a lot of people are interested in volunteering. We bring a donation box so people can donate if they want also.”