Insanely overdue, but I was one of the lucky few that got to try the very first cat yoga class that was available at the Cat Cafe Manchester. Here’s how it went!
The cat yoga classes were introduced in 2016 and I thought it’d be a brilliant present to myself as combining the two things I love; yoga and cats together was a no brainer! If you’ve never visited the cafe before check out my first review of the Cat Cafe Manchester here. Yoga mats were provided if you don’t have one of your own. I found them to be a bit on the thicker side, so bring your own if you have a preference! The lovely yogi Kate Sassanelli taught this class. It’s aimed at beginner level with easy poses such as warrior 2, cat & cow, and lots of ‘downward dogs’. Just like a usual yoga class… except in a room full of resident cats! You’re reminded to be careful to not accidentally sit or knock any of the curious felines over during your practice, and by the end of it I was super relaxed and had a good giggle at some of the cats that decided to try and join in by sitting on the mats!
You don’t get penalised for coming out of any poses to snap a quick photo of the comedic moments, and it’s actually a fun way to socialise unlike any other yoga class I’ve been to. Although numbers are limited due to the space available, it’s a great small sized class and you can fit a quite a few mats into the cafe. The pricing for the classes is more on the steeper side compared to some 1 hour long yoga classes I’ve attended before, but they don’t have a room full of cats and the price does include the use of equipment and a bottle of water.
There was a bit of time to enjoy the company of the cats at the end of the class before the next one started, and as the classes are on in the evening quite a few of the cats were quite active. I would 100% love to attend again for the novelty of a combined mindfulness and animal therapy class, so I hope they host more soon!
Would you try a cat yoga class or have you tried a yoga class with a different group of animals before?? Let me know in the comments below 🙂
This post is not endorsed or sponsored in anyway, all opinions are my own. Featured image from catcafe.co.uk