There's a waitlist for a new cat yoga class in Minnesota

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There's a new yoga class in Minnesota that is selling out fast. Because some of the yogis have whiskers.

Animal Ark, Minnesota's largest no-kill animal shelter, is hosting its first cat yoga class on Sunday.

For a $10 donation, anyone 13 years or older can practice yoga while mingling with shelter cats, Animal Ark says. The class is meant to be fun and relaxing, but also aims to get the felines adopted. NPR says the cat yoga trend is spreading across the country – from New York to Texas, cat yoga classes are filling up quickly.

So perhaps not surprisingly, the 45-minute class being held at Rio Grooming in Hastings sold out weeks ago. And according to the Facebook page, there's already a waitlist for the next event in March.

What's cat yoga?

It's pretty much what it sounds like – you do yoga in the company of some furry friends. And you can take one of them home after the class.

Studies show that yoga can improve your balance and breathing, strengthen your core, and ease chronic pain. And just being around pets can actually have health benefits. The CDC says animals can help reduce anxiety and depression, increase self-esteem and even lower your blood pressure.

Plus, cats are known for their flexibility, so pairing them with yoga totally makes sense.

Animal Ark told the Star Tribune that there will be three kitties hanging out at the class on Sunday: Benson, Pepper, and Mr. Kelly. All three are available for adoption.

More about Animal Ark

According to their website, Animal Ark was founded in 1977 with a "no kill philosophy." The non-profit rescues, rehabilitates, and re-homes 800 animals every year.

They also host a lot of fun events – like this upcoming wine tasting on Jan. 28. Check out their website for more information.

And if you want to get on the waitlist for cat yoga, send an email to volunteer@animalarkmn.org.

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