Kitty yoga helping kittens find their forever homes

(Deevon Rahming)

Yogies from across the Grand Strand gathered in Myrtle Beach Sunday, to combine their love of rescue animals and fitness, all to help get the kittens adopted.

"I was more than willing to drive an hour to get my yoga on and play with some kittens," said Lisa Pokoluk, from Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.

Yoga classes across the country have been incorporating different animals like goats and puppies in their workouts to help with relaxation techniques.

"Most yoga classes are usually on the more focused side and internally focused but this one was for fun, you know laughter and play is really good for the health for the mind for the heart," said Wicked Fitness Instructor, Mandy Bradshaw.

Bradshaw said, kitten yoga has been a hit since partnering with Saint Frances Animal Shelter in Georgetown.

"The animals love it because they get to get out and kind of socialize with people, it's good for us, it's good for them, we’ve had adoptions come from it, which is good for us," said SFAS Volunteer Coordinator, Kelly Graham.

Yoga enthusiasts said combining their love for fitness, while helping animals find their forever homes is a win win on all fronts.

"I've been into yoga for 15 years, so always looking for yoga events as well but the idea of partnering yoga and animals together was absolutely the best possible combination for me," said Pokoluk.

In an effort to get the furry felines adopted, those who work at the shelter said these classes are helping their adoption services extend beyond Georgetown.

"Classes like this kinda get us out of the loop of Georgetown, we’re up in a different area, we’re interacting with people from this area that might not know about us," said Graham.

For more information on Wicked Fitness and their scheduled workout classes click here.

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