Yoga With Cats Is Surprisingly Very Relaxing
They hiss, and meow. They attack toes, hairties and ponytails. They run across rooms and hallways for no reason. And yet, cats have a weirdly enough relaxing presence when it comes to yoga class.
"Yoga is about being in the moment" said Amy Apgar, one of two yoga instructors at Meow Parlour.
Meow Parlour is a shelter and cafe down in lower Manhattan that also offers yoga classes with cats. The yoga sessions are mostly for fun and relaxation, but it also helps when trying to find all the cats a fun and loving home.
The cats will either sit and observe or walk around while you do yoga. And for the ones who want to get in a few snuggles, well they will start to climb, sit on you, and demand to be pet (in a very tender way)
Yoga participants are warned against bringing their own mats, which are likely to see some claw-induced damage.
It's a chance for people to see a different and more peaceful side of cats. And what better than to relax than practice yoga.
The question of won't cats be disturbing and just amuse themselves with knocking over peoples water bottles or scratching at the yoga mats? To the surprise of many, the cats actually join in. Stretching for tummy rubs or even getting in to a great downward dog position. And really... would there be anything cuter to see?!
So if you're in the Lower Manhattan area, be sure to check out Meow Parlour!
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