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This New Yoga Class Introduces Cats Into the Practice (Photos)

December 01, 2015 3 min read

Yoga has been a beloved form of exercise for centuries, as it both strengthens, tones and stretches the body as well as relaxes the mind. But have you ever heard of cat yoga? There's a cafe in Australia dedicated to dining with cats, and now it will introduce cat yoga as well. The cafe, called Catmosphere Sydney will provide a one-hour session that consists of 45 minutes of poses followed by 15 minutes of some serious cat cuddling time! The co-owner of the cafe, Thomas Derricott, opened up to Daily Mail Australia and said that the cats are just as interested in the practice as the humans. This is why kitty yoga is the latest craze. This is why kitty yoga is the latest craze.

"The cats seem to find it an oddity and something they want to explore," said Mr Derricott. "You find they will try and nudge the guests as they’re performing yoga. They love the mats, so they will sink their claws in."

Sasha Haycraft told Daily Mail Australia that her cat Frankie loves to join her practice, and works to test her balance as well as her core strength. "His favourite pose is flying cat," she said, "which is pretty much him pouncing on my hair form across the room, usually when I'm trying really hard not to fall over."

This is why kitty yoga is the latest craze.

The human participants complete their routine as per usual, while the cats wander freely around the room. It's been found that the more they ignore the felines, the more curious they tend to be.

Of the practice Mr Derricott says it is like people who "traipse in to the savannah and sit perfectly still for an entire day" in order to allow the wildlife to become more aware of and situated with their practice. "You’re stretching in the environment of the cats and the cats, invariably, will come to you," he said. "It’s a wildcard experience, you don’t know how they will react."

This is why kitty yoga is the latest craze.

"They could curl around the yoga mat, try and leap on your back or cuddle up on your head and take a nap."

Of meditating, the cats seem to be even more curious. "At the end of the class it’s common practice for the yogi to guide everyone in meditation as they press their hands together and say 'ohm'," Mr Derricott said. "The cats have no idea what to make of the noise, they don’t know if they should be terrified, affronted or intrigued."

This is why kitty yoga is the latest craze.

Not until the end of the class are the humans and cats allowed to interact with each other, however.

The cafe caps the class at 10 people, the yoga instructor included, with 17 to 19 cats per class allowed. "There are so many psychological benefits around spending time with animals," he said.

This is why kitty yoga is the latest craze. [bctt tweet="This New Yoga Class Introduces Cats Into the Practice (Photos)"]

"A study from a US university found 15 minutes spent in the presence of cats reduces stress and anxiety levels.

"Similarly that’s a huge reason why a lot of people turn to yoga.

"Combining the two is a spectacular way to combat stress and put everyone back in touch with what’s important."

Bookings, which need to be made online, will introduce weekly $25 sessions. The first class will begin on Thursday, December 3.

This is why kitty yoga is the latest craze. This is why kitty yoga is the latest craze. Would you try this class out? Source: Daily Mail [caption id="attachment_121302" align="alignleft" width="100"]snapchat code @BodyRockTV[/caption] [caption id="attachment_121301" align="alignleft" width="100"]instagram logo @BodyRockOfficial[/caption]

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