UW stu­dent hosts cat yoga fundraiser

Waterloo Region Record - - LOCAL - Anam Latif, Record staff

We’ve all heard of yoga with goats. Now you can try yoga with kit­tens. “I just love cats,” Tay­lor Da­maren said. So when she was try­ing to think of an idea for a fundraiser, the con­cept of mix­ing re­lax­ing yoga moves with the sweet lit­tle purrs of cud­dly kit­tens seemed too hard to re­sist.

“I read about cat yoga in Al­berta and I thought it would be some­thing fun and ex­cit­ing to try,” she said.

Da­maren will host two ses­sions of yoga with kit­tens in Water­loo this Satur­day. The ticket sales will raise money for the Kitch­ener-Water­loo Hu­mane So­ci­ety and Water­loo Welling­ton’s Here 24-7 Men­tal Health Cri­sis Line.

“An­i­mal in­ter­ac­tion yoga is re­ally big right now,” Da­maren points out.

But her idea isn’t just for the fun of try­ing some­thing new. Da­maren is pas­sion­ate about men­tal health ad­vo­cacy.

As a so­cial de­vel­op­ment stud­ies stu­dent at Univer­sity of Water­loo, Da­maren has as­pi­ra­tions for a ca­reer in so­cial work.

This fundraiser is one way she can raise money and spread aware­ness for a cause that is im­por­tant to her.

“An­i­mals are also great for anx­i­ety and men­tal health and so is yoga, so it seemed like a per­fect fit,” she said.

The hu­mane so­ci­ety will of­fer up three fuzzy kit­tens to Da­maren’s yoga classes. They will all be up for adop­tion.

She said they de­cided to stick with kit­tens be­cause older cats tend to get stressed out in new and for­eign spa­ces.

Da­maren had hoped for more than just three kit­tens but there are only three avail­able for adop­tion right now.

“That’s good news for the hu­mane so­ci­ety,” she pointed out.

Stu­dio space at Hep­cat Swing Dance Stu­dio and the yoga in­struc­tor’s time will both be do­nated for the cause.

Tick­ets are $30 each and sell­ing fast. Visit the event web­site at www.eventbrite.ca/e/dont-stress-me­owt-tick­ets-36989652045 to pur­chase tick­ets.

“Don’t stress me­owt” Cat yoga is at Hep­cat Swing Dance Stu­dio at 42 Erb St. E. in Water­loo.

The first ses­sion is from 1 to 2 p.m. and the sec­ond ses­sion is from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

All pro­ceeds will be split be­tween the Kitch­ener-Water­loo Hu­mane So­ci­ety and Water­loo Welling­ton’s Here 24-7 Men­tal Health Cri­sis Line.

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