Such a fabulous idea! We all love animals, especially the cute, the cuddly and the fluffy and Be in the Meow is catering perfectly for animal and meditation devotees at the same time and in the same place. The Sunshine Coast recently experienced Breathe in and Bleat Out, a meditation workshop with baby goats and lambs. Judging by the responses received and how quick this workshop sold out, one can only surmise that yoga and meditation sessions with baby animals are becoming quite trendy amongst meditators.
Brisbane readers, here is your opportunity to become part of the new health and wellness movement - to be in the here and meow with kitten yoga at Be in the Meow. Join hosts, Karmably, for a relaxing session of gentle yoga with playful rescue kittens and soul-soothing singing bowls from the Himalayas.
The rescue kittens are supplied by the RSPCA, who firmly believe that this very special interaction between yogis and kittens, will ultimately contribute to a greater respect and appreciation of the role that animals play in people's everyday lives.
Karmably's workshops aim to be mindful experiences that are a little bit quirky mixed up with a whole lot of cuteness. Karmably promises that yogis are not expected to sit for hours, shave their heads or even hero-worship the leader. Karmably's only request to guests is to bring an open heart, an open mind and a desire to be kind. And, of course, it goes without saying, to let your hair down, kick off your shoes and have some good old-fashioned, down-to-earth, mindful fun with the kittens.
So how does it work?
Yogis have a forty-five minute beginner-intermediate blended yoga session with kittens, followed by fifteen minutes of sound meditation.
Berenice Tan, founder of Karmably, enjoying a session with kittens
*I've never done Yoga before, is this class for me? Karmably offer levelled options during the class to modify for beginners and intermediate practitioners. The workshop is aimed at an informal, casual and fun environment, ideal for attendees to create their own adventure.
*What is a Sound Meditation? A beginner meditation where attendees lie down and listen to the soothing sounds of Himalayan singing bowls and other traditional instruments. Sounds totally relaxing to me.
*What do I need to bring? The Be in the Meow workshop will provide yoga mats and cushions. Guests are invited to bring any additional props or a light cover-up or blanket in case of colder weather.
*May I bring my children?
Children aged fourteen and under are not permitted to attend these health and wellness workshops, without prior approval. Exceptions can be made, provided the child has previously attended meditation and/or yoga workshops and understands the quiet nature of these retreats.
*Will there be enough kittens for everyone? Be in the Meow strives to have one kitten per three attendees. However, the exact number of kittens depends on the number of rescues in the shelter at any one time - so numbers could be more or less.
A word of warning to Be in the Meow guests: the kittens are not 'house-trained' and are still learning to control their bladders. In the unlikely event of a cat-astrophe, the Karma Krew is always standing by, but attendees are advised to wear 'suitable' clothing.
Be in the Meow is a very limited edition event and as such, is based on first-in, best-dressed - figuratively speaking, of course. As with most limited edition events, there are only so many spots available for meditators - keeping the venue spacious and heart-centred. Tickets range in price from $33 per person for early 'birds'. Please click here to purchase your tickets online, via Eventbrite.
Most of us lead such busy lives, rushing here, there and everywhere, that we have forgotten what it means to 'be in the now'. The Be in the Meow workshop is all about using breath and play and to experience the bliss of the moment.
Life isn't always purr-fect - but yoga with kittens comes in at a very fluffy close.
PLEASE BE ADVISED: No refunds are given. You are welcome to sell your tickets and contact Karmably, via email, with new attendee names. In the event of bad weather, transfers to alternative events or refunds may be offered by Karmably.
See you in the Zen Den!
All images courtesy of Berenice Tan, Karmably's very innovative founder, unless otherwise indicated