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. If you didn’t meow, there are many things that are kitten in the stars for us. How do we meow for sure? Sometimes it’s in the meowment, but other times we can hone our skills to find what is purrfect for us. See tips kibbled throughout this edition. Enjoy! Sign up to receive it in your inbox here.
Yoga Cat of the Meowth
Mini was spotted as a kitten in a cage at the local vet as she reached her paw out and gave a slight mew. The vet told us her siblings were all adopted and she was the only one left. So it was obviously kitten in the stars and we took her home. She became our 4th kitten adopted and is now 11 years old.
Mini may have started small and tabby looking (picture below) but has grown into a big beautiful girl who is actually a diluted tortoise shell with the most gorgeous seafoam colored eyes. She is a quiet cat, a master hunter and prefers to hang by herself when she is not next to me on the bed.
She may keep to herself, but doesn’t hesitate to greet you with a few quick mews from her favorite hiding places, the shrubs; roof; or cardboard box.
Mini attended class often when we were on the rooftop, but meow just hangs in her favorite crate, cubby or box when she’t not enjoying a roll in the tall grass out front. She is our most serious and sensitive cat with an added sweetness that won our hearts 11 years ago and continues to this day.
Tiny Frog’s journey through the studio
Tiny frogs have been all around these days after a few rains and water in the arroyo (which is behind the studio). Check out this little guy hopping around the studio during class.
All views support the Bending Tree Animal Health and Wellness Fund.
Sun Salutation with Yoga Cat Marilyn
This special Sun Salutation seqence offers a few options purrfect for all levels and features a meowtastic Yoga Cat Marilyn. It has a unique soundtrack with herons making sounds in the background along with Marilyn’s cute meows! This sequence was video-ed after hurricane Lidia for extra Sunshine Vibes. Enjoy the power of your practice along with sweet Yoga Cat meowments.
All views support the Bending Tree Animal Health and Wellness Fund.
For Your BODY, MIND and SPIRIT
Mews and Services
YOGA WITH CATS AND DOGS — IT’S MORE THAN THE PAWSTURES
The 2023-2024 Season is in full swing with class choices Monday through Friday at 8:30-9:15 a.m. & 9:45-10:30 a.m. Plus a Saturday option of YogaStrong at 8:30-9:15 a.m. All classes are for all levels so feel free to just come at a day and time that is best for you and you will experience a session that will help you live your yoga.
You can view a full schedule here on our website complete with descriptions.
Ever since I started this studio here in 2011, cats have attended and this purrfect fit soon became known as Yoga with Cats. It then evolved in 2022 to include our dogs, mainly our dog Benny who is now 2 years old, which made classes extra puptastic.
Our pets provide a powerful energy to our lives, constantly teaching us to be better people in every way. Even when we feel frustrated by our pet’s behavior, this is a valuable lesson and insight into ourselves. Our animals tend to reflect our energy. If you’re stressed, they’re stressed. They live from the heart space always and they are just trying to help us. They force us to look within, even when it is uncomfortable.
I encourage you to practice with your pets, whether it is yoga at home, or a walk, or a frisbee fetch/catch, or a snuggle time. Your practice is enhanced every time you interact with your animals. I’m not kitten you, this is living your yoga.
MEOW MIX OF OFFERINGS
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 Mon-Fri with 2 session choices — 8:30-9:15 a.m. & 9:45-10:30 a.m. All classes are for all levels and are 150 pesos per person or purchase a 6-pack for 750 pesos. All times are Central Times. Not in La Manzanilla? Zoom options are available. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a zoom session.
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.
WAYS TO PRACTICE WITH YOGA CATS ANYTIME, ANYWHERE:
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.
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.