ST. CLOUD — You’re doing yoga with what?
Goats, llamas, kittens, puppies and more, if you’re a fan of animal yoga. It is one of the fastest-growing trends in yoga, with classes featuring all sorts of furry friends cropping up across the country.
The fad burst onto the national scene when a 2016 story about Lainey Morse, owner and operator of Original Goat Yoga in Corvallis, Ore., went viral. The business has since expanded to three locations and licensed out to four other states, and inspired dozens of similar ventures, often with a philanthropic or therapeutic element.
Interested? We’ve rounded up four yoga classes as close as St. Cloud and as far as Wisconsin (Yes, really — it’s day-trip season, people!) that all offer plenty of face time with cuddly creatures.
And if you’re not a cat or dog (or goat, or llama) person, we’ve also included one “paws-off” option that puts you close to the animals — but not too close! — in a serene zoo environment.
Kitten Yoga at Revolver Studios (628 Ninth Ave. S., St. Cloud)
Revolver Studios, owned and operated by burlesque performer and body positivity advocate Scarlette Revolver, began offering kitten yoga last summer. Needless to say, it was extremely paw-pular.
“We’ve done kitten yoga three times, and dog yoga once, and they’ve all sold out,” Revolver said.
Revolver teamed up with the Tri-County Humane Society to offer the hour-long courses, which featured all adoptable animals.
“Most of the proceeds from those classes go to charity, too, so I think that’s a big draw,” Revolver said.
While the studio does not presently have specific dates scheduled for kitten yoga sessions this summer, Revolver encouraged interested yogis (and pet-lovers) to check back on the studio’s website, www.revolverstudiosmn.com, and Facebook page for updates.
“We definitely hope to do some before the fall, while it’s still warm enough to transport the kittens!” she said.