Yoga, a park and cats

I taught two yoga classes in the park this month.

Practicing yoga under the sky with the cool grass below our feet and a view of trees and children playing was a great and fun experience.

I had students from my various public yoga classes join me for both Yoga in the Park with Ann classes.

Connecting with the earth, the ground, nature, each other under a blue or gray sky (one day was a little cloudy) with a green cool floor and green walls with the sounds of the outside world coming into our yoga class must be done one more time before the skies become gray and cold and wet in Portland.

Which means I’m going to teach one more Yoga in the Park with Ann next month.

The details are below:

THE WHAT: Yoga in the Park with Ann
THE WHERE: Evelyn M. Schiffler Memorial Park, SW Erickson Ave., Beaverton, Ore.
THE TIME: 6-7 p.m.
THE DAY: Tuesday, Sept. 20
THE PRICE: Suggested donation of $5 (but no one will be turned away)
THE WHAT ELSE: Bring your yoga mat. Be dressed for a yoga class. Clothing should be comfortable.

Bring friends, kids, neighbors. Children are welcome as long … Continue reading

Getting some fur baby lovin’

My friend Karen and I recently headed to the new cat cafe and lounge in Portland called Purringtons Cat Lounge.

The Purringtons website describes the cat cafe as a business where cats and humans can hang out for a certain period of time. Additionally, food or drink or both maybe purchased by visitors.

All cats are up for adoption through the Cat Adoption Team. They hang out at Purringtons until they find their forever home.

There are two sides to the place. You walk into the cafe where you check in, pay the cover, order light bites and/or drinks, do a little shopping and can sit at a bar and watch the cats through large windows.

The lounge area is where the cat living room is located. Once inside you get to hang out and play with the cats and enjoy your bites and drinks.

We hung out with the cats, petted them, played with them and just enjoyed watching them.

There were just a few rules we had to abide by. And one of the “rules” is that kids under 10 can’t enter the lounge, but they can view the cats from the big windows in the … Continue reading

Help the Potcakes

While Curt and I were in Turks & Caicos we noticed some feral but friendly dogs and cats hanging around the resort.

The dogs are called Potcakes.

According to the Potcake Place website, Potcake is the name given to the dogs of the Bahamas and the Turks & Caicos Islands. It came about because the locals fed the caked remains of the cooking pot to the dogs.

Potcakes ended up evolving into a breed. According to the site, they are extremely smart, loyal and loving.

There is no animal shelter on Turks & Caicos. The Potcake Place volunteers rescue the dogs and keep them in their homes until a permanent home is found.

According to a pamphlet I picked up there are many ways we can help: adopt; courier a puppy from the island to their new home; volunteer, donate food or pet supplies; foster; educate; spay and neuter; and sponsor a puppy in care.

These are all awesome ways to help Potcakes. Some are simple and some involve more dedication.

My favorite way to help a Potcake (besides adopting) is to volunteer to be a courier. Potcake Place takes care of all the arrangements. All the courier volunteer … Continue reading