Photo taken by Chris Abate
When Andrea Abate established her business last year, she sought to incorporate a few of her passions – yoga, fitness and animals.
“It’s always meant a lot to me to be able to one – be in the community and two … be able to do something with all those things that I love, and be able to make specialty events available for people in the area,” Abate said.
On August 15, Abate Wellness began offering private yoga, personal training and workshops in Prince William County.
Recently, Abate connected with the Humane Society of Northern Virginia (HSNV) and threw out an idea – kitty yoga.
“I want to shed more light on the older cats and also what the humane society does, and that they’re about no-kill and being able to find a forever home,” explained Abate, who has two cats of her own.
The proposal was accepted, and the first session was held in early May. Since then, Abate has led a puppy yoga session.
Half of the ticket sales support HSNV, which sits at 17983 Dumfries Shopping Plaza in Dumfries.
During yoga class, dogs and cats are free to explore their surroundings. Participants may interact with the pets during yoga if they seek attention, and attendees have a chance to play with them afterward.
“They do their own thing, they’re just in their own little, happy, fun, playful world; and we do yoga in their space,” Abate added.
The next yoga session is scheduled for August 27.
More information about Abate Wellness can be found on its website. The business is also on Instagram.
Those interested in setting up a training session or workshop may email Abate at firstname.lastname@example.org. Businesses that would like to collaborate are also welcome to reach out.
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