Cat yoga the purrfect exercise at Auckland cat cafe

Mike Jones and Vicky Chapman opened The Cat Lounge last year.

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Mike Jones and Vicky Chapman opened The Cat Lounge last year.

Downward-facing dog may not be one of the favourite positions at one yoga venue – Auckland’s Cat Lounge is holding cat yoga and it’s a hit.

The cafe’s 20 cats are invited to the one-hour sessions, with some of the felines curious about what’s going on and others finding it a good time for a nap instead.

The cat yoga was another way to attract cat enthusiasts, one of the cafe founders, Mike Jones, told Newshub.

“Cat yoga was a bit of an interesting idea that we were throwing round between staff members – and it wasn’t until one of our staff said ‘hey, I actually teach yoga’ that we thought we’d give it a try,” he said.

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“The post we put up on Facebook went a bit nuts and we had hundreds of people saying ‘this is such a great idea’. We filled all the spaces we had [for the class] in a day or two.”

Barista Anna Rogerson balances her time between the kitchen and the yoga mat one morning every couple of weeks.

“If the cats come in and involve themselves then we have a cuddle – there’s no real stress on a strict yoga class. Having the cats round is just a fun environment.”