Cat’s whiskers yoga has folk fe­line fine

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - DANNI SHAFIK

TOWNSVILLE’S School of Yoga and An­gel Paws are bring­ing a unique ex­pe­ri­ence to the re­gion, com­bin­ing kit­tens and yoga for a stress- bust­ing work­out.

The class will al­low yoga prac­ti­tion­ers to down­ward dog in the pres­ence of fe­line friends to raise funds and aware­ness for re­hom­ing kit­tens and other an­i­mals at An­gel Paws. School of Yoga di­rec­tor Jock Walsh said the stu­dio ini­ti­ated the idea af­ter see­ing it done across the United States and in Syd­ney.

“There are ther­a­peu­tic ef­fects with yoga and there are also ther­a­peu­tic ef­fects from work­ing with an­i­mals, and com­bined, that’s the ben­e­fit for peo­ple,” he said. “For An­gel Paws it helps with the adop­tions for all an­i­mals”.

Tick­ets sold out in just two days, show­ing prom­ise for a fu­ture sec­ond event.

Mr Walsh said from the quick there was ob­vi­ously a mar­ket for Townsville.

“We are look­ing to make it monthly and also talk­ing with An­gel Paws to try a puppy yoga which I be­lieve would be even more pop­u­lar,” he said.

An­gel Paws mar­ket­ing as­sis­tant Steph Stevens said the not- for- profit or­gan­i­sa­tion res­cued about 400 lo­cal dogs and cats each year. sales, it in

FACE TO FACE: Di­rec­tor of School of Yoga Townsville Jock Walsh on the mat with a kit­ten. Pic­ture: SCOTT RAD­FORD- CHISHOLM

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