Cats N' Mats Yoga




We are thrilled to announce that our beloved Cats N' Mats yoga nights are back in 2024! This is a fun, all levels class that takes place among the cat and kitten residents at our cozy adoption lounge. Learn about and support Tenth Life's work, all while helping to socialize the kitties. We hope to see you there!


Because our instructors have generously donated their time to make this fundraising event possible 100% of proceeds help cats in need!


We love how our community rises to the occasion but we realize that helping others and caring a great deal can be just as exhausting as it is exhilarating and fulfilling. Cats n' Mats Yoga at Tenth Life is a friendly, non-judgmental environment where anyone at any level can join in to relax and balance your passions with your human need for self-care, down-time, laughter, friendship and a sense of community.

Wear what you want. Work at your own pace. Just breathe.

This is an all levels flow. You only need to bring a mat, any other props that you enjoy, and a love for cats to participate! Curious kitties will be meandering about whilst we get our stretch on. This class is meant to be fun and nourishing to our bodies and souls while helping Tenth Life give cats the lives they deserve!

To prepare you for a fun and relaxing experience, here are a few important things to remember:

  • Class begins at 6:30PM and will run until 7:30PM.

  • Doors open 15 minutes before the event. Before that' we will be busy setting up. We appreciate your patience.

  • Please try to arrive 10 to 15 minutes early to secure your spot on the floor ... and hang out with kitties!

  • Please note that doors will close at 6:15PM. Stragglers will not be admitted once class begins so don't dawdle!

  • If you're allergic to cats, please remember to take your meds because kitties may be all up in your grill.

Dena French, EdD, RDN, LD, ERYT-200, RYT-500 (she/her) is an educator, dietitian, and fitness enthusiast who first discovered yoga when she enrolled in a yoga course for PE credit in college. That initial experience led her down a path of self-exploration, increased mindfulness, and improved mental and physical health. After 12 years of personal yoga practice, Dena took the next step on her journey and completed a 200-hour foundational yoga teacher training with Urban Breath Yoga in 2015. She later completed an additional 300-hour advanced training with Yoga Buzz in 2022.

Dena often engages in personal study of the ancient yoga philosophies, integrating them into modern daily life and yoga practice spaces. She offers classes that are creative yet simple; challenging yet accessible; and that invite deeper exploration physically, mentally, and spiritually. She meets students where they are on their yoga journey, recognizing that everyone has unique reasons for coming to the mat.

Between monthly Cats N’ Mats sessions, you can catch one of Dena’s other classes at the YMCA, Shanti Yoga, or Move by BJC. In her spare time, Dena enjoys hanging out with her partner and their two kitties, whom they adopted from Tenth Life!


Tenth Life has been giving cats the lives they deserve since January of 2009. Tenth Life provides veterinary care, foster homes, and adoptive placement to stray cats and kittens, prioritizing those with special needs and injuries. We work to end unnecessary euthanasia and cat homelessness through educational outreach, community programs, and collaborative partnerships. Yoga classes help fund our mission and we are so grateful for our attendees and instructors. 

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Plenty of street parking is available nearby, metered and un-metered.

What should I bring to the event?
Your yoga mat and any desired props, a love of cats, a water bottle, and a sense of humor!

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
There is no need to print or bring your ticket. We will look you up by last name upon arrival.

Do you offer refunds? 
Because this is a fundraiser for Tenth Life and Katie is graciously donating her time to make this event possible, we do not offer refunds but you can feel good about doing good for cats and the community while also doing something good for yourself. If you cannot attend for any reason, you may gift your spot to a friend or a stranger by emailing

Is this event family friendly?
This event is intended for adults 18 and older only. We unfortunately cannot provide childcare.

Is this event and location accessible?
If there's ever any assistance you need in order to feel supported, please let us know. If you would like to request an assistant, sign language interpreter, or any other type of individual support, please give us one or two weeks of notice to search for a volunteer to assist you as we absolutely want to help. If you have a caregiver or an assistant you'd like to attend alongside you, please let us know in advance so that we can be sure to accommodate you properly.

If you have any specific needs, concerns, injuries, or limitations, please let us know either via email in advance, or connect with the teacher directly before the class begins. Doing so via email in advance will allow us to ensure that you have what you need.

Accessibiltiy Notes for This Series
*ADA Compliant
*Events are indoors
*Wheelchair Accessible via portable ramp

PLEASE NOTE: Tenth Life yoga night events may occasionally be professionally photographed and all visitors must sign a visitor waiver.

Here's how to reach us.
(314) 808-2454