Are you a cat lover? Do you like to stay fit and healthy with daily exercises like yoga and meditation?
If you answered “yes” to both, then cat yoga may be just the thing for you.
This growing trend is popping up in places all across the globe, but what exactly is it?
While cat yoga may sound like a type of yoga with cat-like poses or sun salutations while you push glasses of water off tables, it’s actually much simpler.
It is literally just doing yoga in the presence of cats.
While you may do this at your house already, there is something special about going to a class in a public place with cats you don’t know and allowing them to stare at your every move.
One place that is currently offering cat yoga is Meow Parlour in New York City. If the name sounds familiar, it’s might be because you read about them in another PawedIn article on Cat Cafes.
Meow Parlour was one of the first cat cafes in the U.S. and now they are staying on trend by offering this fun class.
For a small fee you, too, can attend one of Meow Parlour’s fantastic cat yoga classes.
While the space where the class takes place is normally used to allow adopters and cat fanciers to fraternize with the adoptable cats, for an hour and a half every tuesday it is full of yoga lovers.
What exactly does the 1.5 hour class consist of?
Well for starters it includes 30 minutes of cat bonding time, that’s right, a yoga class where a half of your time is spent simply loving cats!
The next 45 minutes is spent doing actual yoga, but the last 15 minutes is for… you guessed it, saying goodbye to your newfound feline friends!
In love with this idea yet? I know I am.
So what happens if you fall in love with one of your kitty friends during the class?
I’ve got good news, you can adopt them!
While some kitty yoga classes may be different, all the cats at Meow Parlour are up for adoption and would be happy to accompany you home for more private yoga sessions!
While all this sounds quite glamourous, there are a few things you should know before you jump in your car and head to New York.
This class is not for those with cat allergies, while you may be fine with your own cat’s dander, the cat yoga class is held in a room that houses multiple cats and has lots of strange kitty hair that your immune system might not be used to.
If you still want to try it be sure to take your allergy meds before the class starts, as no one wants to do downward dog with a runny nose.
Another downside to cat yoga is lots of interruptions, while they may be adorable interruptions like two cats chasing each other across your mat—they are still interruptions and for the hard core yoga fanatic this may be more than you can handle.
If you can make it through the interruptions and the allergens the last thing for you to worry about is germs.
If you are pregnant this class probably isn’t for you, while the cats are all quite nice an accidental scratch could lead to cat scratch fever and there is no use putting yourself and your baby at risk for a little kitty yoga time. However, this will be a great exercise for you to do to get back in shape post baby, so have your significant other reserve your spot now!
Now that you know what cat yoga is are you ready to jump on the bandwagon?
If you are, but you can’t exactly hop on a plane and get to New York before their next session, check with some yoga parlours in your area to see if they are offering this innovative new class.
My guess is that if they don’t have it yet they will soon, so just pass the time doing yoga at home with your kitty until the trend reaches your neighborhood.