Purrfect Stretches

Photographer: Duane Tinkey

You’ve heard of goat yoga, but cat yoga? Yes! At Coffee Cats in Valley Junction, you can practice in a judgment-free, feline-friendly zone on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. 

At the class we attended, Gato, the white-and-tan juvenile, promptly sprawled out on our mat, showing off his best supine stretch before class started. During practice, he sat on our heels during downward dog, then leapt to a high perch for a nap. 

All the cats at the shop are from the Animal Rescue League of Iowa and live at the shop before finding their forever homes. Over 650 cats have been adopted since the business opened in 2021. 

The yoga class is beginner-friendly, with cats outnumbering humans during most sessions. After a 45-minute practice, there’s time to play with the cats and be tempted to take one home. 

More info: coffeecatscafe.com. 

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