There’s a Cat Yoga Class & It’s Purrfect

published Dec 2, 2016
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Now you can get your Marjaiasana judged by an expert: An animal shelter in Georgia offers a yoga class with their adoptable cats.

The class came about after Lisa Johns, a manager at the Good Mews cat shelter in Marietta, and Lisa Bass, a volunteer who happens to be a yoga instructor saw a video of people bringing cats to a yoga studio for a class. Bass thought that bringing people to the cats would be easier (and less cleanup), and so the shelter started hosting cat yoga.

Class takes place in the cage-free adult cat room, and the fee for each of the 15 participants is donated to the shelter. If you’ve ever done yoga around a cat, you know it’s not a distraction-free practice, as they curiously sniff, weave, and purr around you.

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“It’s all about fun and is a little more relaxing,” volunteer Katie Misencik told CNN. “There’s not as much pressure to make my form perfect.”

“You’re not just doing something healthy for yourself,” Johns said. “You are doing a bit of good too for these shelter cats that will only get even more adoptable with the extra time and attention.”

Not in Georgia? There are also cat yoga classes popping up across the country in New York, San Francisco, Des Moines, and Mobile, Alabama.