Welcome to Bending Tree Mewsletter where you can find resources for your practice; fun facts about Yoga Cats and what’s going on meow at the studio. n this edition we are hooked on that feline. Which one you ask? All of them! We’ll take a walk down meowmery lane. Enjoy! Sign up to receive it in your inbox here.

Yoga Cat of the Meowth


About 7 years ago, we spotted kitten Max wandering on the side of the road on our way back from Manzanillo and as luck would have it, he came to us when we stopped. We noticed his tail was broken so we went to our vet to have him checked meowt. As it turns out, his tail was already healing and it was recommended to leave it alone and this became one of his trademarks.

Aside from his tail “flag,” his white markings on his chest and belly make it look like he is wearing a tuxedo. But he is a formal guy! His polite purrsonality is that he’s a bit shy, but has no problem letting us meow when he wants attention or food. His meows are so distinct it earned him the nickname Meowx.

Max is sure to anmeownce himself to us wherever he is: in the feeding area; when he’s hanging on the roof; when he comes in the studio (only if no one else is around); and when he enters the bedroom. And he responds to every acknowledgement. How ameowt that!


Meowtastic Videos

Star Snuggle Meowment

Star is by far our snuggliest cat and earns him the nickname Snuggle McSnugglepants. See a sweet meowment with him here before class. What meowtivation!

Click here for a playlist of Star meowments that includes when he was a kitten.

All views support the Bending Tree Animal Health and Wellness Fund.

Meowtastic Videos

Good meowning

Shinra’s morning meows make for a purrfect meowning. 😸🧡

All views support the Bending Tree Animal Health and Wellness Fund.

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Mews and Services


Many times we need lists to help us set goals; remind us of tasks; and keep track of things. This to do list, however, is a bit different and will hopefully set a daily practice that turns into a lifetime practice.

Take a deep breath. Taking a deep breath calms the nervous system and helps you regroup. It’s not just for when you feel anxious or overwhelmed; sometimes it just helps you focus and get inspired in everyday life. Allow this powerful tool to work for you. 

Stop shoulding on yourself. Get rid of doing things because you “should.” When you do things because you want to and it brings you joy you’ll notice everything feels different. And, even those things that you “should” have done can then become things you want to do, bringing a whole new level to your living.

Find humor. Bringing humor to a situation will automatically give it a lift and give you perspective. Sometimes things feel personal, but in reality they aren’t. And humor helps you widen your focus and release tension. 

Give yourself permission. It’s important to give yourself permission to have it all. Sometimes we don’t realize we are the ones getting in the way. There’s no secret trading post that says, in order to have one thing you can’t have another. Along with giving yourself permission, believe that you are worthy and deserving. And by doing this, you set the universe up to align it for you accordingly. 




The Bending Tree Menmew of Services includes a variety of studio and online options so you can participate even if you are not in La Manzanilla.

Thetahealing: A type of energy healing that addresses the many levels of you. Each session includes a dialogue followed with a relaxation session meant to heal, balance and increase your frequency. Sessions can be about whatever you would like to work on or whatever comes up. You can address specific issues (physical, emotional, spiritual) or can just be a general energy tune-up. Sessions are 600 pesos or $35 USD and can be combined with Reflexology. Available by Zoom.

Reflexology: Your feet contain physical and energetic points that relate to the entire body. And, you can enjoy relaxation and rejuvenation to your whole being with a massage of the feet. Sessions can be combined with ThetaHealing all for the same price, 600 pesos at the studio or 800 at your location. As soon as a Zoom Reflexology becomes pawsible, I’ll let you meow. 😺👍🐾

Classes Meowtside at the Studio: We currently offer regular classes on Tues & Thurs with Yoga Strong at 8:30 a.m. and Gentle Yoga at 10 a.m. Both classes are for all levels and are 150 pesos per person or purchase a 6-pack for 750 pesos. Available by Zoom. Note all times are Mountain Times.

Podcasts: Another MEW Podcast has been added to the Podcast Menmew. Enjoy a 40-minute practice of Yoga Strong with Yoga Dog Benny. It is especially pawsome because you can hear Benny snorting and barking with joy during the class. Gotta love that Yoga Dog energy!

More pawsibilities: Did you meow you can work on Continuing Education Credits with Bending Tree? We have several classes that you can take as self-study for free or receive personal guidance and feedback with Karen starting at $20 USD. Currently classes available are Yoga Focus (how to find peace and stillness within) and Just Breathe (explore the power of breathing, the most important part of your yoga practice)Thetahealing: A type of energy healing that addresses the many levels of you. Each session includes a dialogue lso continmews on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 10 a.m. This class offers gentle opening using the breath to hold poses a little longer. This class is for all levels and offers a fun way to ease yourself into a practice. Yoga Dog Benny also attends for added joy and inspiration.

The Podcast menu here on our site includes a variety of practices from gentle to flow to half-hour of power to meditation. These podcasts are also available to download for free to you don’t need the internet to practice with them.

BendingTreeYoga Channel on YouTube offers several playlists with a mix of yoga and meditation in Yoga with Cats Create Your Own Practice. These playlists include several short practice segments from 4 to 9 minutes for a total of a 1.5 hour practice (that you can shorten on your own) or 30 minutes in the REMIX version.

Yoga Scholarships are available for anyone who needs financial assistance for classes. All you have to do is ask Karen. Pricing for YogaScholarships students are usually 100 pesos or $7 USD per class. But each case is handled individually and remains private. Also know that all classes leftover from purchased 6-packs go toward our YogaScholarship program. Or, you can make an individual contribution.

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Animal Health and Wellness Fund

Bending Tree Animal Health and Wellness Fund was established to help bring health and happiness to our animal friends. Anytime you purchase a Bending Tree class or service; or watch one of the many videos on BendingTreeYoga Channel you make a contribution to this fund. Monies go to a variety of venues to help with sterilization clinics; rescuing; and adoption services. Donations to this fund are also welcome at any time. Thank you.

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