The YMCA and the Van Wert County Humane Society is partnering for a second year to bring Kitten Yoga back on May 18. (Photo submitted)
The YMCA and the Van Wert County Humane Society is partnering for a second year to bring Kitten Yoga back on May 18. (Photo submitted)

VAN WERT – Kittens and yoga. These two very different things will be brought together on Saturday, May 18 at the YMCA for a second year. Yoga instructor Deb Sealscott said that Kitten Yoga sessions are part of a national trend, much like goat yoga.

“Animal welfare groups and yoga studios across the country are partnering to present Kitten Yoga classes both in-house and in community centers,” said Sealscott. “The YMCA is once again partnering with the shelter for this event.”

Sealscott said that Kitten Yoga combines two things that many people love: fun-loving kittens and yoga. The YMCA will hold two one-hour sessions of Kitten Yoga – one at 9 a.m. and one at 10 a.m. Space is limited to 15 people per session and the cost of the class is $10 for both YMCA members and non-members. Those wanting to reserve their spot can do so by calling the YMCA at 419-238-0443.

The proceeds of the class will benefit the Van Wert County Humane Society.

“The class is a great way to get a little exercise, reduce stress, and provide socialization for the kittens, all who will be available for adoption,” said Sealscott.

Currently, the Van Wert County Humane Society has 12 kittens in two foster homes. The kittens range in age from four to six weeks old. A couple of adult cats will also be participating in the class. The kittens and cats will roam freely during the yoga session, which includes a relaxation sequence at the end.

Sealscott said that the funds raised will help the shelter care for abused, neglected, stray and unwanted companion animals in the Van Wert community.

“By participating in the class you will be doing something for yourself, for the kittens, and for your local Humane Society,” she said. “If you love cats, you will love Kitten Yoga.”

“The Humane Society is such a caring organization, so we are honored to host Kitten Yoga for the second year and many more years to come,” added Nicole Benson, YMCA Membership Director. “We will be helping them to raise money for the shelter as well as donations. If you are unable to make Kitten Yoga on May 18, but would like to donate items, you may do so at the YMCA now until May 18.”