Cat Lady, Meow Reviews

Meow Review: When I went to Cat Yoga

March 7, 2016

I went to Cat Yoga a week or so ago with Sanch @ My Imperfect Life .

A few people said I must blog about this ASAP and they were right.

(I think Sanch and I might be twins by the way, but that is a blog post for another time.)

Before I talk about Cat Yoga, let me answer some questions you might have in general about the concept.

  1. You do not take your own cat to Cat Yoga they have cats for you at Catmosphere Cat Cafe.
  2. The yoga class is not for the cats, it is for humans.
  3. If you do not know what a Cat Cafe is, firstly, I am ashamed for you. In one sentence, a cat cafe is a cafe full of cats, otherwise known as HEAVEN. Secondly, you can read about it here or here, before moving onto the more advanced subject of CAT YOGA.

Now that you know the basics, I can talk about Cat Yoga, which is essentially, yoga for humans in a room full of cats, otherwise known as HEAVEN +++.

Catmosphere in Surry Hills have introduced Cat Yoga to their schedule. Sanch and I planned it a while ago because…well because CATS AND YOGA. We met up first to talk about all things writing, cats and the general blogosphere, then we arrived at Catmosphere. There are two rooms, the cat room and the OMG kitten room… otherwise known as HEAVEN++++. A ROOM FULL OF KITTENS.

Yoga is in the cat room.

We anxiously waited for the other humans to finish their heavy petting session and then went up to the room and set up our yoga mats.

This was distracting and hard to keep focused because OMG THE CATS.

MY EYES. MY EYES. THE BEAUTY.

How many kitties can you see?

How many kitties can you see?

Our teacher sprinkled a little bit of catnip on our mats, and this made the kitties go crazy. They were running around the room, scratching the mats, excited that new humans had arrived. Buzz, sat in the middle of some dudes mat and didn’t move for the entire class. We were joined by six  others humans for our yoga class, and around 13 cats. (One lady seemed quite surprised that we were actually doing yoga, instead of patting the cats.) That comes later. First you have to torture yourself by remaining still and calm and NOT TOUCHING THE CATS FOR 45 MINUTES WHILST DOING YOGA.

(THIS IS LIKE NOT EATING CARBS FOR A MONTH.)

After the initial excitement, the cats, and us, settled into the class.

As I mentioned, some didn’t move, for the entire class.

This one sat on someones mat the ENTIRE class, then got up and was like 'meh, my work is done', when it was over'. Cats.

This one sat on someones mat the ENTIRE class, then got up and was like ‘meh, my work is done’, when it was over’. Cats.

One sat on my bag and stared me out, in his own yogic sphinx pose.

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And this every time I was in downward dog. How can I think about yoga when THERE’S A KITTY ON THE WALL!

There is a kitty on the shelf and I want to touch it....

Kitty on the shelf and I want to touch it….

I absolutely loved doing yoga in a room of cats. The only downside was, not being able to touch them whilst being busy doing yoga, (and one cat taking a shit in his litter box behind me when I was mid downward dog, because you know… cats.)

The kitties themselves kind of calmed down towards the end of the class. They went into their own little relaxation zone and chilled out to the music. It was very cute.

And finally, at the end, we could express the free love that exists between human and cat…

Sanch and her new friend.

Sanch and her new friend.

Would I go again?

HELL YES!!

BECAUSE CATS AND YOGA.

CATS AND YOGA.

Meow for now,

Ashleigh XXXX

****Linking up with Essentially Jess for #IBOT****

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  • Oh my god, I need to do cat yoga right now. In fact this might be the motivation I need to do yoga again! And a kitten room, I die. I would never leave. They need to open one of these near me please god! {visiting from #teamIBOT too but we both know I was really coming for the cat yoga}.

  • I don’t think I could concentrate for a whole session – I’d be hanging out for cuddles!

  • Oh so jelly, would love to do that … the nearest cat cafe to me is a bit far to just go for yoga … but if one opens closer to me I am SO there!

  • Hugzilla

    OK, this is actually adorable.

  • This is hilarious! I am not sure I could do it I am not a big cat fan, but with small dogs I would be there in a flash. I don’t mind them if they just sit and chill lol … I have a number of friends who would love cat yoga!

  • Sarah from Bubsandbeans

    I have never heard of Cat Yoga, such an interesting concept.

  • THIS IS SO COOL!!! I have never heard of anything like this, and would love to try it!

  • But why can’t you just hug them? Hugging is exercise, right?

  • Love the photos you’ve taken! We should totally do this again…I can see myself getting addicted to this!

    • I reckon we should book the place out for a couple of hours for a writers meet up!!! Lots of us are cat people! We could do it again. Those cats are so friendly.

  • OMG THE CATS! I’ve never heard of Cat Yoga before! How hard would it be to concentrate on your yoga when surrounded by cats!

  • I have never heard of cat cafes or cat yoga! Ummm … wow!

  • LydiaCLee

    Oh my God??? For real? Wow.